MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Three Vermont House committees have endorsed a bill to require labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients and set up a special fund to defend against expected industry lawsuits.
That clears the way for a House vote Wednesday in which it's expected to agree with Senate changes to the bill, and send it on to Gov. Peter Shumlin for his signature, which also is expected.
Twenty-nine other states have seen GMO labeling legislation offered last year and this. But Vermont would be the first to have a law go into effect in mid-2016 if the measure isn't first struck down in court.
Supporters say they want consumers to know what's in the food they're buying. Industry groups say there's no difference between food with GMOs and without.
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