- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is being joined by food industry entrepreneurs to criticize a bill in Congress that would bar state laws requiring that genetically modified foods be labeled as such.

Executives from Ben and Jerry’s, Chipotle, Stonyfield Farm, Happy Family and Patagonia will join Welch at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday to express their view that the bill should be allowed to die.

Three states - including Vermont - have passed GMO labeling laws and 17 others are considering similar legislation. Vermont’s law is expected to be the first of the laws to take effect - in July of 2016 - if a food industry lawsuit trying to block it isn’t successful.

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