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Food labeling measure qualifies for November ballot

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A measure on the November ballot will ask voters whether they want to label genetically engineered foods.

Genetically engineered food would be labeled as such should a November ballot initiative be approved by California voters. 

The measure qualified for the ballot yesterday after the Secretary of State’s Office reviewed a sampling of the signatures collected by the California Right to Know campaign.

According to the ballot language, raw or processed foods made from genetically altered plants or animals would have to be labeled as such. Those foods could not be advertised as “natural.”

Exemptions would include certified organic products, restaurant food, products containing a small amount of genetically engineer materials, and food made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered materials.

It could cost $1 million a year to enforce the regulation, according to the state’s Legislative Analyst and director of Finance.