Attorney General No.
Secretary of State No.
Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if food or any of its ingredients contain or are made from plants or animals with genetic material that has been changed in specified ways. Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state administrative costs, possibly in the several millions of dollars annually, to monitor and enforce the labeling requirements specified in the measure. Potential one-time state capital outlay costs, possibly in the several millions of dollars, for the construction of facilities to test the genetic material of certain food products. Unknown, but potentially significant, costs for the courts, the Attorney General, and district attorneys due to litigation resulting from possible violations to the provisions of this measure.
James Wheaton c/o Doug Linney (510) 444-4710 x309
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Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling. Initiative Statute. California Initiative 1543 (2012).