Farmers, food producers, grocers and a number of companies with interests in biotechnology have established "No on 37: Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme" to oppose the California ballot initiative this fall that concerns labeling regulations for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
The groups have contributed more than $13 million to defeat the initiative, which will be listed on the ballot as the "California Right to Know Genetically Modified Food" measure, which will be Proposition 37 and is referred to as "Prop 37."
The measure would require genetically modified organism (GMO) labels for all agricultural commodities produced with GMOs and for processed foods sold in retail stores if more than 0.5% of a food has a GMO in it (Feedstuffs, May 28).
No on 37 said the measure represents a "costly and deceptive" regulation that would ban tens of thousands of common and safe food products unless they are specifically labeled as containing GMOs or remade with higher-cost non-GMO ingredients.
The coalition also said the measure contains "absurd exemptions that make no sense," e.g., a label on fruit juice that contains GMOs but not on beer, liquor and wine that contain GMOs, a label on foods sold in retail stores but not on the same foods sold in restaurants and a label on food produced in the U.S. but not on imported food if the exporter makes a simple claim that the food is "GMO free."
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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