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Attorney General Ferguson: Grocery manufacturers hiding millions in food-labeling campaign

Joel Connelly at the Seattle PI reports:

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is accusing the powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association of political shoplifting, namely creating a secret account to fight Initiative 522 and shield big food manufacturers from having to leave their footprints on the campaign.

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TRUST ON THE BALLOT

Ted McGregor in the Inlander writes:

There are plenty of reasons to worry about our food supply. Just this week, we learned of an 18-state outbreak of salmonella in chicken — just as federal inspectors were furloughed. We’re also learning more and more about iffy additives like food dyes, growth hormones and sodium nitrite (to name a few). And as we documented in our recent cover story, an entire wheat field just south of here showed up to have been genetically modified. No one can explain how.

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Changing Labels Won’t Increase Food Prices

Scott Faber in the Huffington Post reports:

As a lobbyist for the food industry, I spent five years fighting proposals that would have raised food prices — ranging from ethanol mandates that drove up the cost of corn and other commodities to taxes that consumers had to pay at the register. At a time when so many Americans have been struggling to feed their families, it made little sense to increase the price of basic staples.

In my role as a vice president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), I learned a lot about what drives the price of food.

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Big foe of I-522 backed GMO labeling — in Britain

Lewis Kamb at the Seattle Times reports:

Trivia time for Washington voters:

Which big campaign donor in this year’s battle over Initiative 522 — the ballot measure to require labels on genetically engineered food — once declared its “full backing” of food labeling in Britain?

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New Study by Pro-GMO-Labeling Group Says Labeling Won’t Raise Food Prices

Anna Minard at the Stranger reports:

This morning, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) released a study of the potential financial impacts of enacting Initiative 522, which would require the labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. They determine that labeling would not increase grocery prices, potential litigation costs would be minimal, and, citing the state’s Office of Financial Management, any tax burden on state residents will be minor as well.

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GMO Fact Check: Will labeling hurt small farmers?

Berit Anderson at Crosscut reports:

The Claim: Ads for the No on 522 campaign claim that “522 would burden farmers, food producers and grocers with more red tape and higher production costs.”

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No-on-I-522: Show us the money!!

Joel Connelly at the Seattle PI reports:

A glossy “No-on-Initiative 522″ flyer hit my Whidbey mailbox this weekend, its denunciations of “complex requirements” and “new taxpayer coss” following classic themes used by large corporate interests to defeat state ballot initiatives.

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Initiative 522’s Legislative Sponsors Fact Check No on 522

SEATTLE— Initiative 522’s legislative sponsors, Senator Maralyn Chase (D-32) and Representative Cary Condotta (R-12), released a video today fact checking the No on 522’s claim that I-522 would label pet food and not meat that people eat. Sen. Chase and Rep. Condotta make it clear that I-522 is about labeling food that people eat, not pet food. Read More »

No on 522 campaign shatters state fundraising record for ballot measures

Lewis Kamb at the Seattle Times reports:

Foes of Initiative 522 – the ballot measure seeking to require labels on genetically engineered foods — still have more than a month to go before they’ll know whether their anti-labeling arguments will prevail at the ballot box.

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Money Continues to Pour in to Fight Initiative 522

Anna Minard at the Stranger reports:

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has added another $5 million to the No on 522 campaign, the campaign against the GMO-food-labeling Initiative 522. As we’ve reported, a citizen’s group is suing the no campaign over what they allege is a violation of campaign finance laws by the GMA; the no campaigncountersued last week claiming that suit was frivolous.

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