Proponents of a ballot measure to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon say they’re turning in more than 155,000 signatures — far more than required to qualify the measure for a statewide vote in November.
The secretary of state’s office will count and verify the signatures. The initiative needs just over 87,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.
The initiative would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. It would be effective January 2016.
Labeling proponents say too much is still unknown about GMOs, so consumers should know if they are eating them.
Critics say labels would mislead consumers into thinking that genetically engineered ingredients are unsafe.