April 30, 2015

TO: JPA Members

FROM: Patricia Faison

RE: JPA Regulatory Update: Hogan Lovells Memorandum – Court Ruling on Vermont GE Food Labeling Litigation

On April 28, 2015, JPA provided an update regarding Vermont’s law (Act 120) to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, which becomes effective on July 1, 2016. Members were advised that Judge Christina Reiss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont had ruled in the litigation challenging the law.

Attached is a memorandum prepared by JPA’s legal counsel, Hogan Lovells, providing insight regarding the ruling and possible next steps pertaining to the law. In part, Hogan Lovells concludes that the ruling “leaves in place Act 120’s requirement that certain GE foods must bear labeling by July 1, 2016.” Refer to the memorandum for complete details.

In a related matter, the media is reporting that Chipotle Mexican Grill has become the first restaurant to remove GE foods from its menu. Chipotle’s press release is available here. Among others, there are articles in The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

Please contact me with questions or comments.

Patricia Faison

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