- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont was overpowered by the food industry’s lobbying power and financial resources in the fight over labeling of genetically modified food.

Shumlin made the comment after Thursday’s approval by the U.S. House of Senate-passed legislation pre-empting Vermont’s law and replacing it with what consumer activists see as a weaker national notification standard.

Shumlin says he’s proud of the role Vermont has played in the national debate over genetically modified food labeling and he expects the debate to continue.

Meanwhile, spokesman Scott Coriell says Shumlin has pressed his concerns to the White House, but President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.

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