The Washington Secretary of State's Election Division has certified that a food labeling initiative has enough signatures to move to the Legislature.
The measure is known formally as Initiative 522 or "The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act."
If passed, it would require that agricultural commodities and processed foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such.
It is being sponsored by Chris McManus, a Tacoma area advertising agency owner who founded www.labelitwa.org.
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PCC Natural Markets, a Seattle-based cooperative, helped underwrite the signature gathering with a $100,000 donation, according to the co-op's website.
To qualify, the initiative to the Legislature required at least 241,153 valid signatures, or 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor, according to the Secretary of State's office.
Since I-522 was filed in 2012, the signature requirement was based on the 2008 governor's race.
A random sampling of 10,762 signatures found 9,503 were valid, 1,241 were invalid and 18 pairs were duplicates.
That equates to a 17.02 percent error rate.
Proponents of the measure turned in 353,331 signatures.
The measure now moves to the Legislature.
It can either pass it, reject it or modify it.
If passed, it would become law.
If the Legislature rejects it, the proposal would be put on the ballot for the state's electorate to consider.
If the Legislature modifies it, both the original proposal and the modified measure would be put before the state's voters.