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Public Meetings to Introduce Draft Rules for Act 120 GE Food Labeling

Room 2E, Marlboro College Graduate Campus 28 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT

Attorney General William Sorrell will hold three public meetings this month to introduce the draft rules to implement Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. The meetings will be held the week of October 20, 2014 in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro.

The Attorney General is responsible for promulgating the rules that will implement Act 120. These rules will provide clarity on the scope and reach of the law with the goal of both providing information and minimizing burdens on the regulated community. While the Attorney General will later solicit official public comments on the proposed draft rule, these public meetings will serve as an important opportunity for obtaining feedback from producers, retailers, and consumers.

Each of the meetings will include a thirty-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for public comments and questions. The Attorney General expects to make the draft rules public in advance of the meetings.

Details on the date, time, and location of each meeting follow:

Tuesday, October 21
12:00–2:00 PM
Contois Auditorium, City Hall
149 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, October 22
5:00–7:00 PM
Room 11, Vermont State House
115 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633

Friday, October 24
3:30–5:30 PM
Room 2E, Marlboro College Graduate Campus
28 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

More information about the implementation of Act 120 is available on the Attorney General’s website at http://www.ago.state.vt.us/, under the GE Food Labeling Rule link. Individuals can also contact the Attorney General’s GE Food Rulemaking Team via email at ago.gefoodlabelingrule@state.vt.us. People interested in keeping up to date on the development of the rules can also sign up for periodic email updates by visiting http://list.state.vt.us/guest/RemoteListSummary/GMOLabelingRule and following the directions there.