Pepsi, Coke, Nestle contribute to I-522 opposition

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 11:05 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — Pepsi, Coca Cola and Nestle are among the major brands who contributed to an effort to oppose a food labeling initiative in Washington state.

In documents made public Friday afternoon, the Grocery Manufacturers Association listed about three dozen companies who contributed a combined $7.2 million.

The association released the list following a lawsuit from the state attorney general's office. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said the Grocery Manufacturers Association improperly collected the cash in a manner that shielded the identities of the companies in order to protect them from scrutiny.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has led efforts to defeat Initiative 522 that would require labeling on genetically modified foods.

Voters are starting to receive the ballots that will decide the fate of I-522 in what has shaped up to be one of the costliest initiative fights ever in Washington state.

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