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LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Provides that all foods sold or distributed in or from California that contain, or are produced with, "genetically engineered material" shall bear labels stating: "Genetically engineered. NOTICE: This product contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material." Requires labels for "genetically engineered foods" to specify (1) changes in a food's composition, nutritional value, or required preparation steps that are due to genetic engineering, (2) details of any "trans-species gene transfer," and (3) details of any transfer of animal genes into plants. Violations of these provisions shall be a misdemeanor. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would probably result in state costs of several million dollars annually and potential state revenue reductions that are probably minor in the context of overall state revenues. It could also result in unknown, but probably not significant, costs for local government.
Mr. Simon Harris, 1202 Curtis Street, Berkeley, CA 94706, (510) 525-7054
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LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. California Initiative 927 (2001).