Consumers Union's Dr. Michael Hansen to Testify Tomorrow February 14 at WA State Hearing on Labeling Genetically Engineered Food

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Expert Testimony to be Given by Consumers Union in Support of Labeling GE Food in Washington State

Michael K. Hansen Ph.D., a Senior Staff Scientist with Consumers Union, the public policy arm of Consumer Reports, will appear tomorrow, February 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., before the Washington State Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development committee to testify in favor of labeling genetically engineered (GE) food sold there. Consumers Union supports labeling of GE food on both the national and state levels. For more on CU’s position on GE food, please go here.

State legislators will take public testimony on Initiative 522, The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, which would require labeling of any genetically engineered food sold in Washington. The initiative is eligible for November’s ballot. This hearing is being held at Senate Hearing Room 4, Cherberg Building, Olympia, Washington and can be viewed live, online here.

Dr. Hansen is an expert on GE food and will provide compelling testimony in support of labeling and for I-522. His testimony will be made publicly available. He has been largely responsible for developing CU positions on safety, testing, and labeling of genetically engineered food and mad cow disease. Since 2003, he has worked on a multi-state effort to ban the use of food crops to produce pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals.

Dr. Hansen has testified at hearings in Washington, D.C., many states, and Canada, and has prepared comments on many proposed U.S. governmental rules and regulations on food safety issues. He also represents Consumers International, a federation of more than 250 organizations in 110 countries, at Codex Alimentarius and other international fora on issues. Dr. Hansen also speaks on CU’s concerns on pest management and antibiotics in animal feed at meetings and conferences throughout the world. For his full biography, please go here.

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