Wednesday February 6, 2013
GMO-Labeling Act Closer
Olympia, WA — Washington State is one step closer to requiring front-of-pack labeling identifying products with GMO content.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman signed Act I-522, “The People's Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” and it is being reviewed for approval by the state Legislature, according to Wyman’s office.
The initiative follows a petition signed by 350,000 voters and means the legislature can pass it into law, send it to the November ballot or send it and an alternative legislation to the ballot.
In the case of processed foods, the bill requires front-of-pack labeling with the words “partially produced with genetic engineering” or “may be partially produced with genetic engineering” stated clearly and conspicuously.
The act defines ”genetically engineered“ as any food that is produced from an organism or organisms in which the genetic material has been changed.