On November 15, 2012, the City Council of Cincinnati passed a resolution “expressing the support of Council for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered products.” The Council was petitioned by the consumer advocacy group, Food & Water Watch, as part of its campaign to require “genetically engineered” labeling for foods developed with the use of recombinant DNA and related technologies. The resolution does not impose labeling requirements itself, but rather expresses support for other entities to do so.
The passed resolution suggests that groups advocating mandatory labeling remain undeterred after Proposition 37, the high-profile ballot initiative that would have required mandatory labeling and prohibited “natural” claims for certain foods. Proposition 37 was rejected by California voters earlier this month. The City Council intends to send copies of the resolution to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food & Drug Administration, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Robert Portman (R-OH), Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH), and the Food & Water Watch.