The Seattle City Council has voted, 8 to 1, to support Initiative 522, which would require labels on food products that have been genetically modified or contain genetically-modified ingredients.
The council’s decision comes ahead of the general election when voters will decide whether to approve the initiative.
Council member Richard Conlin introduced the resolution, saying the proposed labeling is similar to standards already in effect in the European Union and many other countries.
“It’s important to note that the council is not taking a position for or against genetic engineering, but simply stating that consumers have the right to know what is in their food, just as they have the right to know ingredients and nutritional information,” Conlin said.
Conlin went on to reiterate many of the arguments put forward by supporters of Initiative 522: concerns about lack of independent testing on the risks of genetically engineered foods.