With less than a month out, Washington State Initiative 522 continues to garner more and more attention of state voters.
If enacted, the law would require labeling of genetically engineered foods on the packaging of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seed and seed stock, or on retail shelf signage for unpackaged products. Exemptions to these regulations would be provided under the measure. If found in violation of not meeting the labeling requirements, offenders could face “misbranding” penalties of up to $1,000 per day. Lastly, the Washington State Department of Health would implement the measure’s regulations, which may be enforced by the Attorney General or through a private right of action by citizens.
BIOtechNow has summarized several editorial reactions to the initiative.
Read the full, original story here: “Confused Consumers are a Desirable Bonus of I-522”