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Washington State Files Lawsuit Against GMA

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today (Oct. 16) against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).  Ferguson alleges the group illegally bundled more than $7 million from its members and contributed it to the campaign against the I-522 ballot initiative, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.

EWG president Ken Cook had this to say:

“We applaud this action by Attorney General Ferguson on behalf of the residents of Washington State and the more than 18,000 EWG supporters who live there.  Allowing giant food companies, like Pepsi, Coca-Cola and General Mills, to secretly contribute millions of dollars by hiding behind the Grocery Manufacturers Association in a potentially illegal plot to undermine state law should not be allowed. Each and every citizen in Washington, regardless of where they come down on I-522, deserves to know whose bankrolling these campaigns. Period.”

See EWG’s full response here.

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Read more about the lawsuit against GMA in the Seattle PI and Seattle Times.

Reuters writes on the pending farm bill conference.

Tweet of the Day: @justlabelit BLOG: Biotech Supporter Becomes Labeling Advocate http://bit.ly/19NviLN  #RightToKnow

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