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Washington State GMO labeling initiative to go to the voters in a November ballot

1 commentBy Elaine WATSON , 29-Apr-2013
Last updated the 29-Apr-2013 at 18:09 GMT

Washington State GMO labeling initiative to go to the voters

Voters will get to decide whether foods with genetically modified ingredients should be labeled in Washington State because lawmakers have taken no action on GMO labeling initiative I-522.

State lawmakers could have adopted  I-522  (an Initiative to the Legislature under the state constitution) or proposed their own version, but because they took no action by the April 28 deadline* (click here ), the measure will be added to the November ballot with the language written by its sponsors.

Like California's Proposition 37, which was narrowly defeated last November, I-522 includes a private enforcement provision, enabling private citizens to file suit to enforce the law if state officials do not take action 60 days after being notified of  a violation. 

It would also allows citizens to recover investigation costs and attorneys’ fees.

However, it does not attempt to define 'natural' or propose that 'natural' foods should not contain GMOs, one of the most controversial aspects of Prop 37.

As it stands, federal law does not require the labeling of genetically engineered foods as the FDA has consistently argued that they do not differ from other foods "in any meaningful or material way" or present any different or greater safety concerns than foods developed by traditional plant breeding methods.

Click here to read the full text of I-522.

Click here to read about a federal GMO labeling bill introduced to Congress earlier this month by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

*The Washington State 2013 Regular Session adjourned on April 28.

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Genetically Engineered Foods may not indicate an health problem in healthy or lab, reports or tests. Yet the fact of the matter is that their is no health benefit in illness or nutritionally weak or healthy people to achieve or maintain a reasonable health standard over time.

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04 May 2013 | 04h49

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