Proposition 37 Genetically Engineered Food Labeling This will require that only certian foods intended for human consumption must be labeled genetically engineered if it has been modified genetically.
Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as “natural.” Provides exemptions.
- Approximately 70% of all foods sold are genetically modified.
- Certian foods are exempt and will not require lables.
- Currently any food labeled as organic cannot have GE product in it.
- FDA has been regulating GE foods since the 90’s and have determined they are safe for human consumption.
- Very little impact on government revenues. May have an impact on food sales.
Increased annual state costs from a few hundred thousand dollars to over $1 million to regulate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Additional, but likely not significant, governmental costs to address violations under the measure.
- Largest fiscal impact will be on newly labeled food products based on new found fears of GE foods.
- Do you want to require that only certian food manufactures label product that has been genetically modified?
YES vote- Only Specific genetically engineered foods sold in California would have to be specifically labeled as being genetically engineered.
No vote- Genetically engineered foods sold in California would continue not to have specific labeling requirements.