US officials confirm defeat of Oregon GMO label initiative
The US state of Oregon's initiative for labelling foods derived from genetically modified crops has failed by a margin of just 837 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast. The Oregon Secretary of State on Tuesday released the final results of the Measure 92 recount, bringing to a close the hotly contested battle over the ballot initiative. A statewide recount was launched last month after state officials reported the measure had failed by 812 votes, a total far less than the 0.2% level that triggers a mandatory recount. But the recount made little difference in the final result. The recount tally showed a 25-vote shift in the margin of defeat -- all told 752,737 voted in favor of the measure, 753,574 voted against. Last week, supporters of Measure 92 admitted defeat, concluding they had run out of legal options to contest the result.