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Vt. House approves GMO labeling bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont House has approved legislation calling for labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms.

Thursday's vote came after the House spent most of the day debating a measure that will not see final action this year because the Senate lacks time to take it up.

The 107-37 vote came after supporters raised concerns about human health and the ecosystem from the use of genetic engineering.

Opponents of the legislation raised a range of arguments, from fears that Vermont will be sued by the biotech or food industries to federal government findings that there is no difference between genetically modified and traditional food.

The bill would exempt food from animals, including meat and dairy products.