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October 25, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Washington shouldn’t dictate what should be on food labels

GMOs a national issue

Editor, The Times:

I have voted no on Initiative 522, not because I am against labeling genetically modified food products (I think it is a good idea), but because this is a national issue that should be addressed at the federal level to ensure standard labeling criteria throughout the nation [“I-522: Ads stretch truth on what foods would be labeled, left out,” page one, Oct. 23].

The state of Washington has no business dictating to the nation what should or should not be on a food label. Other states may develop their own regulations in response to I-522 and those laws may be incompatible with each other. This confusion will increase food prices as food companies try to comply with conflicting regulations.

One of the advertisements for I-522 on TV states that 64 countries in Europe have laws worded similarly as I-522 and food prices have not increased.

We are a nation of 50 states with our own constitutions and regulations. Sometimes it takes the federal government to make some things work.

My food prices might not increase but my taxes will.

Allan M. Schneider, Bellevue

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