A measure requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods will be on California’s General Election ballot, according to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. _
If passed the measure will require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. It would prohibit labeling or advertising such food as “natural.” The measure contains some exemptions. _
In order to qualify for the ballot, the food labeling initiative needed nearly 505,000 valid petition signatures. The initiative exceeded 550,000 votes, according to a press release.
The measure joins seven other measures already on the November ballot.