Defeat on Washington I-522 GMO labelling

By Mary B Langowski, Stefanie Jill Fogel, Gail Rodgers, Julie L Hussey, Margaret D Craig and So-Eun Lee

State-sponsored GMO-labelling efforts faced defeat in Washington State’s November 2013 election. Voters rejected Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522 (I-522) proposal, 51.21 per cent to 48.79 per cent.

Washington’s I-522, known as the ‘Mandatory Labelling of Genetically Engineered Food Measure’, had indicated strong results in early polls, with approximately two-thirds of voters supporting the initiative. However, the ‘No’ campaign prevailed by alerting consumers to the impact of a state-specific labelling scheme.

I-522 is one of multiple initiatives in the ongoing, state-driven GMO-labelling effort, with specific provisions aimed at mandating labels on food products produced or partially produced with genetically engineered ingredients…

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