State certifies recount showing failure of GMO-labeling measure

SALEM — Oregon's secretary of state has certified recount results that show the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods.

Kate Brown's certification 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.

— Associated Press

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