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.

Summary
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. 
Controversy
  • 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.
Fiscal Impact
  •     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.

Questions -
  1. 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.

 


Notes-

 

  • The law requires participation from certain US companies- not all. Certain foods are exempt.
  • There are no guidelines or qualifications for foods coming from foreign countries.  So you could have 2 bags of rice both labeled GE free but the one from a foreign country doesn’t have to prove that it is GE free and may not be.
  • By just purchasing food labeled as organic you will not be consuming any GE products.
  • Current FDA requirements have told producers they can voluntarily label their products.
  • The figures on the cost to add additional print on their products seems extremely inflated and is probably estimating costs over a very long period of time.
  • If this proposition passes California consumers will be purchasing foods that have GE products and consuming them assuming they are GE free because that particular product was exempt and not labeled. So if this proposition passes you will still not know which foods are GE free. 

 


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