U.S. Federal District Court Judge Christina Reiss on Monday ruled against the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other food industry groups in their request for a preliminary injunction to block a GMO labeling law from going into effect on July 1, 2016. The GMA released this statement after the court ruling.
“While we are pleased that the District Court found us likely to succeed on several of our claims, we are nevertheless disappointed by the court’s ultimate decision to deny our motion for preliminary injunction to block the implementation of the Vermont GMO labeling law—Act 120—on grounds that the manufacturers had not yet shown a sufficient degree of harm. We are reviewing this decision and considering our legal options.
“Manufacturers are being harmed, and they are being harmed now. Act 120 is unconstitutional and imposes burdensome new speech requirements on food manufacturers and retailers. It will also set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that will be costly and confusing for consumers.”