GE labeling updates

This article was originally published in July 2013

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In the news

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to pass a comprehensive labeling law for genetically engineered foods. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and won the House 134-3. It requires four other states to pass similar legislation to “trigger” implementation.

Maine’s House and Senate also easily passed a labeling law, which is expected, at press time, to be signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream trucks will be scooping ice cream around Washington state this summer in support of Initiative 522.

The company says it will give away “tons” of ice cream and put up billboards to vote yes on I-522. The ice cream trucks are scheduled to be in Seattle from mid-August to mid-September.

Governor Jay Inslee is saying he’s concerned unapproved, genetically engineered wheat was found growing on a farm in nearby Oregon. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan suspended purchases of Northwest wheat when the contamination was announced. They require labels on genetically engineered foods and don’t accept contaminated loads.

I-522 would ensure separation and labeling from the seed level, up through the supply chain.

About 85 to 90 percent of Washington’s wheat is sold overseas, with Japan the largest customer, buying 25 percent of it.

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