Oregon certifies: Recount shows GMO labels lost

Supporters of mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods gathered before the Oregon State Capitol on July 2 to announce they've collected 155,000 signatures in support of a proposed ballot initiative, more than the 87,000 needed to get it before voters in November. Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results that show the defeat of an Oregon ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results that show the defeat of an Oregon ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods.

Brown’s certification on Monday makes the results of the recount official.

They show the measure was defeated by 837 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast. That’s a margin of less than 0.06 percent.

The recount was automatically triggered by the close margin. The hand tally showed an additional 167 votes, with a net gain of 25 no votes.

Oregon becomes the fourth state in the West to reject a labeling requirement for GMOs, following Colorado, California and Washington.

Proponents conceded defeat last week.

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