An initiative that would require labels on food and seeds produced with genetic engineering has advanced to the Legislature.
The Secretary of State’s office says Initiative 522 was certified Thursday afternoon with more than enough signatures.
The initiative would require GMO labels starting July 1, 2015. If adopted, the legislation would make Washington the first state in the nation with the labeling requirements.
A similar measure was defeated in California last November.
The Legislature has the option of passing the initiative or sending it to a public vote in November. Lawmakers can also send it to a public vote with an alternative.