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Food label initiative is headed to defeat

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SEATTLE — Washington voters were rejecting a measure that would have made the state the first in the nation to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

With all but one county in Eastern Washington reporting, the measure trailed 45 to 55 percent — a margin that appeared impossible to overcome.

“It does not look good for us,” conceded Democratic Sen. Maralyn Chase, a labeling supporter. “But we’ve won the hearts and the minds of the people.”

The measure was leading…

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