SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's voters are deciding whether to label food that contains genetically modified ingredients in a campaign that has drawn millions of money from out of state.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association and five major corporations have raised $22 million to defeat Initiative 522. Food-labeling supporters have raised $7.8 million.
I-522 supporters say consumers have the right to know what's in the food they buy, while opponents say the measure would lead to higher food costs.
Early polling showed voters supporting the measure. But a barrage of TV and radio spots from labeling foes in recent weeks have helped close the gap.
If voters approve the measure, Washington would be the first state to enact labeling requirements for foods with genetically engineered ingredients. Connecticut passed a similar law last summer, but it won't take effect until several other states pass similar legislation.