While the Natural Products Association supports the right of consumers to know what ingredients go into their food products, it has announced its opposition to California’s Proposition 37, which would require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. This is due to concerns about the enforcement provision as well as the way the proposition defines natural foods. NPA believes these aspects of the proposition will negatively affect the ability of suppliers and retailers to provide food products to California consumers.
NPA’s position, approved today by the Board of Directors, reads as follows:
“While NPA supports the consumers’ right to know about the foods they purchase and appreciates the transparency Proposition 37 offers regarding genetically engineered foods, we cannot support the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. NPA is very concerned with the enforcement provision as well as the limited definition of natural included in the language. Proposition 37 places every supplier, manufacturer and retailer of food products at risk of unreasonable and frivolous litigation. We are concerned the restrictions on natural foods in the proposition language could create a difficult business environment in California and further hinder the ability of our members to sell natural products.”
NPA Executive Director and CEO John Shaw said, “NPA appreciates the contributions of our valued members in crafting this position. This decision follows a thoughtful and robust discussion about this proposition and the negative impact we believe it will have on both industry and consumers in California. We’re especially concerned about the effect the enforcement provision could have on small retailers across the state, not to mention the possibility of fewer food options for California consumers. We hope that California voters will take our views into consideration when going to the polls this November.”