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Vermont Governor Signs Toxics Bill to Protect Children

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed S. 239, paired down from its original version, which gives the Vermont Department of Health the authority to require manufactures of products with toxic chemicals to disclose chemicals that are present in children’s products that can cause harmful health effects. The law provides a list of 66 chemicals of high concern to children, and manufacturers must notify the health department if any of those chemicals are in their products by July 1, 2016 and submit disclosures biennially. The health commissioner must also provide a detailed description [...]Read more

Vermont Governor Signs GMO Labeling Bill

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation that will require the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods in Vermont beginning in July 2016. The law is the first of its kind in the United States and will require food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering to be labeled by July 2016. There is currently no required labeling policy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however Connecticut and Maine have passed similar legislation though it won’t go into effect until other states pass GMO-labeling laws. Retailers [...]Read more

State Regulation of Product Ingredients Could Get More Complicated: Proposed Vermont Law

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Vermont legislators have introduced S.239, An Act Relating to the Regulation of Toxic Substances.  The legislation would require the state Department of Health to identify chemicals of high concern and publish a list of these chemicals.  The list would be published on or before July 1, 2015 and published biennially moving forward and will be posted on the Department’s website.  A chemical is deemed to be one of high concern if it is a priority chemical that meets one or more of the following criteria: It has been found through biomonitoring to be present in human blood, umbilical cord [...]Read more