Report: I-522 might raise costs for consumers

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Report: I-522 might raise costs for consumers


SEATTLE, Wash. – A report released by the Washington Academy of Sciences says labeling foods that have genetically-engineered or genetically-modified ingredients would involve costs that would likely be passed along to the consumer.

The study regarding Initiative 522, which was conducted at the request of several legislative panels, concluded that while the cost of labeling itself won’t be high, food producers will likely incur additional expenses from having to separate genetically-engineered ingredients from other foods.

A co-chair of the panel that conducted the study, Washington State University agricultural economist Thomas Marsh, says the panel wasn’t able to determine how much those costs would be.

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