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Requires Food Manufacturers, Retailers to Label "Genetically Engineered" Foods as Such; State, Citizens May Enforce

Oregon Ballot Measure - Ballot Measure Number 92

Election: Nov. 4, 2014 (General)

Outcome: Failed

Categories:

Food Processing and Sales

Summary


Current law does not require labeling of "genetically engineered" food. Measure requires retailers of genetically-engineered raw food to include "Genetically Engineered" on packages, display bins, or shelves; suppliers must label shipping containers. Requires manufacturers of packaged food produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering to include "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering” on packages. Defines "genetically engineered" food as food produced from organisms with genetic material changed through in vitro nucleic acid techniques and certain cell-fusing techniques; exempts traditional plant-breeding techniques like hybridization. Does not apply to animal feed or food served in restaurants. Directs agencies to implement law. Permits state, injured citizen to sue manufacturer, retailer for knowing/intentional violation; attorney fees for prevailing
citizen.

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