STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Proposition 37 would require the California Department of Public Health to label genetically engineered foods as such.
– Exemptions to this include: (1) certified organic foods, (2) foods unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material, (3) foods that come from animals that ate or were injected with genetically engineered material, (4) foods that contain only small amounts of genetically engineered material, (5) foods for medical treatment, (6) food made for immediate consumption and (7) alcohol.
– The proposition states that estimates are 40-70% of all grocery store food in the state is genetically engineered and would need to be labeled.
– In order to receive exemptions, retailers would have to obtain statements from providers proving that the products are not genetically engineered. This proof can also come from independent certification.
– Raises costs for the Department of Public Health a few hundred thousand to more than one million dollars annually.
Read the proposition for yourself:
YES on 37 – California’s Right to Know
NO on 37 – Stop the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme
Polls indicate that yes leads no 48.3% to 40.2% as of Oct. 12, 2012.
The LA Times says no on Prop 37.