SACRAMENTO, CA - Supporters of labeling genetically engineered foods claim they have gathered enough signatures to add one more measure to the crowded November ballot.
Using two little boys and red wagons, the "California Right to Know" campaign dropped off almost a million signatures at the Registrar of Voters Office in Sacramento. The group wants labeling on all processed foods and produce sold at super markets.
Backers of the initiative argue there's no evidence genetically engineered crops are safe.
"There have been no long term studies done," California Right to Know spokesperson Susan Lang said. "The FDA has not done the studies. There is mounting evidence through non-government studies that these are harmful to us; lots of studies with lab animals."
But the measure does not include milk, beef, pork, or egg producers. Food sold in restaurants isn't included either.
Critics argue this could pave the way for frivolous lawsuits.
"Whether it's the Americans with Disabilities Act where you allowed for private right of action; for private attorneys to run around suing business has turned into a nightmare in this state."
Companies would have 18-months to phase in the labeling requirements. But critics also argue guarantying this is going to put unnecessary pressure on farmers too.
The secretary of state's office has to certify the signatures to put the measure on the ballot.