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Most of Washington state's key trading partners require labels on genetically engineered foods.

When genetically engineered crops and foods are co-mingled with conventional foods in the supply chain, these markets won’t buy.

Export losses

At risk

Agriculture is Washington state’s number one employer, and wheat, apples, and salmon are the backbone of Washington state’s economy.

Genetically engineered variants of conventional wheat, apples and salmon, are now in line for approval, without labeling. Consider the potential impact from similar export losses from a commingled supply chain, without separation and labeling.

The processed food industry in Washington state could gain market export advantages by meeting the labeling requirements of markets overseas.

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