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GMO labeling updates

Sound Consumer | February 2013

At press time, Washington's U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell had just announced they're sponsoring federal legislation to label genetically engineered (GE) salmon and other GE foods.

Their announcement followed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendation to approve genetically engineered salmon for sale in grocery stores, without labeling. FDA is recommending approval of the GE salmon engineered with eel genes as a "new animal drug." That means it was subjected to less rigorous safety standards than food additives.

Meanwhile, Washington's I-522 is expected to be heard by state House and Senate committee members sometime this month or next. The legislature may adopt it as law, or amend it, but is expected to refer I-522 directly to the ballot for a vote by the people.

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