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Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Measure

Washington Ballot Measure - Washington Initiative 522

Election: Nov. 5, 2013 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Categories:
Food Processing and Sales

Yes
857,511
(48.91%)

Argument For

No
895,557
(51.09%)

Argument Against

Summary

This measure would require foods produced entirely or partly with genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale in Washington, beginning in July 2015. The labeling requirement would apply generally to raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stock, with some exceptions, but would not require that specific genetically-engineered ingredients be identified. The measure would authorize state enforcement and civil penalties, and allow private enforcement actions.

Measure Text

Initiative Measure No. 522 concerns labeling of genetically-engineered foods.

This measure would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

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