The State of Washington will vote on Ballot Initiative 522 in November. Ballot Initiative 522, also known as the “Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Measure,” would require the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seeds, and seed stocks that are produced through genetic engineering when offered for retail sale. Currently, Washington law regulates the safety and quality of food produced and sold within the state. State law does not require any specific labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering.
For the potential fiscal impact if the initiative is passed and arguments for and against the labeling of genetically engineered foods, please see the Washington Secretary of State website.
Written by Sarah L. Doyle - Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
October 10, 2013