MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill that would require labels to identify genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2016.
The Tuesday vote was 26-2.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the bill still needs approval from the Vermont House. The House previously passed a slightly different version of a food labeling bill.
Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell says people have a right to know what's in their food. Campbell, a Democrat from Quechee, believes the Senate has done its best to ensure the bill will be legally defensible.
Connecticut and Maine have passed labeling laws but delayed implementation. Vermont would be the first state to enact labeling and it is believed that food manufacturers might sue the state.
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