- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the U.S. Senate’s advancement of legislation that would require labeling for food products containing genetically modified organisms would replace Vermont’s new GMO labeling law with a weakened labeling standard.

Shumlin said Wednesday, “It’s a sad day when so many members of the U.S. Senate sell out to big food and big business and turn their backs on those who elected them.”

Protesters briefly disrupted the Senate during the vote.

The legislation, which still needs to be formally approved by the U.S. Senate and House, would require any foods that include GMOs to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic label accessed by smartphone.

This month Vermont became the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified food.

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