u 2013 Nov. 5 Washington General Election

Initiative 522

About this measure

This measure would require foods produced entirely or partly with genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale in Washington, beginning in July 2015. The labeling requirement would apply generally to raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stock, with some exceptions, but would not require that specific genetically-engineered ingredients be identified. The measure would authorize state enforcement and civil penalties, and allow private enforcement actions.

Last updated: Nov. 6, 8:34 p.m. Election results

OptionVotesPct
No 623,756 54.32%
Yes 524,525 45.68%
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