Wednesday, January 23, 2013

California Proposition 37, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food (2012)

Proposition 37, a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1],[2]

 If Proposition 37 had been approved, it would have:
  • Required labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. 
  • Prohibited labeling or advertising such food as "natural." 
  • Exempted from this requirement foods that are "certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.
James Wheaton, who filed the ballot language for the initiative, called it "The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

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