Washington — The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Monsanto, Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers have jointly filed a complaint in the federal district court of Vermont to enjoin that state’s mandatory GMO labeling law, Act 120.
The law will take effect on July 1, 2016.
Calling Act 120 “costly and misguided,” GMA argues that the law exceeds the state’s authority by imposing “burdensome new speech requirements and restrictions” on 80 percent of foods in retail establishments and seeking to “regulate nationwide distribution and labeling practices that facilitate interstate commerce,” according to a statement by the association. Thus, it violates both the First Amendment and the Commerce Clause under Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
In addition, GMA notes that the law exempts certain product categories and suggests some foods that contain GMO ingredients will not need to disclose that fact.
In response, the grassroots Organic Consumers Association has announced it intends to raise funds and rally consumer support for Act 120 in Vermont and GMO labeling legislation in other states.