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Citizen panel rejects Oregon GMO labelling

A 20-member panel of citizens from the US state of Oregon has voted 11-9 against recommending passage of a ballot initiative to require labeling of foods derived from genetically modified crops. The recommendations of the committee, organised by the Citizens Initiative Review  Commission, will appear on the state's official voters' guide ahead of the November election. The vote is a blow to labelling advocates, who collected more than 100,000 signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. The initiative, called Measure 92 , calls for a GMO labelling regime to be imposed by January 1st 2016, requiring labels on all raw and packaged foods that are "entirely or partially produced" with GM ingredients. But the 11 members who voiced opposition to the measure cited worry about the cost, scope and effectiveness of the labelling measure. A similar review panel of Colorado citizens is set to issue recommendations on the Colorado GMO labelling initiative next month (see this issue).

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