- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms, as proposed by the Vermont attorney general’s office:

- “Clear and conspicuous” means presented in such a manner, given its font, size, color, contrast and proximity to other disclosures on the shelf, bin or package as to be readily noticed and understood by consumers. A disclosure is not clear and conspicuous if, among other things, it is obscured by the background against which it appears.

- “Food” means (1) articles used for food or drink for humans, (2) chewing gum and (3) articles used for components of any such article. Food does not include dietary supplements.

- “Genetic engineering” is a process by which a food is produced from an organism or organisms in which the genetic material has been changed through the application of: (a) in vitro nucleic acid techniques, including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques and the direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles.

- Disclosures on packaged, processed foods shall be located on the package so as to be easily found by consumers when viewing the outside of the package. Such disclosures shall be in a font size no smaller than the size of the words ‘Serving Size’ on the Nutrition Facts label required by the United States Food and Drug Administration … and in any color that contrasts with the background of the package so as to be easily readable by consumers.

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