Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Washington State GMO Labeling Bill Fails at Polls

On Tuesday November 5, Washington state voters rejected an initiative that would have required labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.  Ballot Initiative 522, also known as known as the “Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Measure,” would have required the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seeds, and seed stocks that are produced through genetic engineering when offered for retail sale.  The bill failed with a a 54.81% “no” vote and 45.19% “yes” vote.  978,399 votes were counted.

For further details on the voting results for Initiative 522, see the Washington Office of the Secretary of State.  The full text of Ballot Initiative Measure No. 522 is available on the Washington State website.  See our October 18th and October 10th blog posts for further information surrounding the vote.

Written by Alyssa Looney – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
November 6, 2013

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