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Joe Deegan 8:30 a.m., Aug. 18
The Natural Products Association, a trade group representing “over 1,900 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products,” sent a mixed message last week, issuing a statement in favor of consumers’ right to know what goes into their food but in opposition to California’s Proposition 37, which would require disclosure by companies that knowingly use genetically modified crops in food products.
The Association says concerns about enforcement of the law, as well as the way “natural” products would be defined, drives their decision to oppose the proposition. Should Prop 37 pass, food products made from lab-engineered crops would not be allowed to be marketed as “natural.”
“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,” says a portion of the official statement released by the group.