- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont appears to have dodged a bullet, at least for now, after Congress declined to invalidate a state law that aims to require labeling of genetically modified foods a little more than six months from now.

A federal court challenge still seeks to block Vermont’s law from taking effect July 1.

But a push in Congress to block states from passing such labeling laws appears to have fallen by the wayside. The House passed a bill in July that would have pre-empted states’ authority over the issue. The Senate declined to take it up, despite heavy lobbying from the food and biotechnology industries.

That was followed by a push to include pre-emption language in a must-past spending bill, but that effort has fizzled as well.

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