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Genetically Modified Food Labeling Defeated in California

January 8, 2013

California voters said "No" to Proposition 37 by a vote of 53 to 47 percent. This decision means the state will not be at odds with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy of not labeling Genetically Modified (GM) foods, which goes back more than two decades.

The well-funded "No on 37" campaign pounced on those problems, raising concerns about how labeling costs could get passed on to consumers and how easy it would be to launch lawsuits against California farmers and retailers.

The "No on 37" campaign also pointed to what it claimed is more than 400 scientific studies that have all concluded there is no food safety difference between GMO and non-GMO foods.

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