Press Release

California Right to Know Calls for Criminal Investigation of No on 37 For Possible Fraud for Misuse of FDA Seal and Fabricated FDA Quote

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Contact: Gary Ruskin, 425-944-7350,

Washington DC -- Today, the California Right to Know Yes on 37 campaign sent letters to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting a criminal investigation of the No on 37 campaign for possible fraudulent misuse of the official seal of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

“The Justice Department should investigate this fraudulent dirty trick perpetrated by the No on 37 campaign,” said Gary Ruskin, campaign manager of California Right to Know Yes on 37.  “They are running a campaign of lies, deceit and trickery, and some of it may be criminal.”

The No on 37 campaign affixed the FDA’s seal to one of the campaign’s mailers.  Section 506 of the U.S. Criminal Code states: “Whoever….knowingly uses, affixes, or impresses any such fraudulently made, forged, counterfeited, mutilated, or altered seal or facsimile thereof to or upon any certificate, instrument, commission, document, or paper of any description….shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

The letter also provides evidence that the No on 37 campaign falsely attributed a direct quote to FDA in the campaign mailer. The quoted attribution, which appears below, is entirely false and fabricated. FDA did not make this statement and does not take a position on Prop 37.





The letter from California Right to Know was sent today to Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General of the USDOJ Criminal Division; Laurel Rimon, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California; and Vincent Tolino, Director of the Ethics and Integrity staff at the FDA.



The latest transgressions follows a litany of deceptions committed by the No on 37 campaign, whose top six funders are the six largest pesticide companies in the world.

The No on 37 campaign has repeatedly misrepresented the university affiliation of their lead spokesperson, Dr. Miller, in campaign ads, in violation of Stanford University policy.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the nation's largest professional association for nutritionists and dieticians, accused the No on 37 campaign of misrepresenting its position and misleading voters  with false statements in the official California Voter's Guide.

“We are concerned that California voters are being misled," Academy President Ethan Bergman said in a press release. "Voters need accurate information in order to make an informed choice."

The anti-Proposition 37 ads that are now blanketing the state have been described as misleading by the San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Proposition 37 would require labeling of genetically engineered food in California.

For more information about the California Right to Know campaign, see



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commented 2013-09-17 03:39:03 -0700 · Flag
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commented 2012-11-01 06:09:11 -0700 · Flag
Bottom line is that ALL conventional media outlets in this nation are owned by 6 (six) MAJOR corporations. that number of owners used to be (in the 80s) +140 different Corporations. Some of them are: GE, Disney Group, Viacom, NewsCorp.

THIS is why they are not reporting fairly or accurately: How do you as an Editor publish an article that says you boss is participating in Mafia-style tactics against a citizen-led initiative? Might consider talking to the FTC and the FCC about llicensing requirements to see if any of these Mega-corps are in violation of the requirements/restrictions. But with ALEC having written most of the legislation that governs these folks, I don’t have a lot of faith in them.
commented 2012-10-31 20:14:11 -0700 · Flag
A massive investigation -or better, a massive series of investigations- simply must be launched regarding the $40,000,000+ assault on California by the GMO mafia and the junk food cartels.

1) Have any California newspapers, editors, writers been bribed to support the GMO scorched Earth movement?

2) Have any California researchers, professors, or academics been bribed or pressured to support the GMO scorched Earth movement? (It needs hardly mentioned that at least two or three institutions west of Sacramento require particularly intense scrutiny).

3) Can the People of California be sure that all votes supporting Proposition 37 will be counted accurately?

4) The People of California are obviously being defrauded—as was fully expected. The American People can be assured that there is a lot going on in Sacramento within a mile of the California State Capitol building.

5) Who are all the players of these deadly games? These are no ordinary grmes, but rather games which could destroy our food and our future.
commented 2012-10-31 19:24:46 -0700 · Flag
How about a petition to the California State Attorney General to investigate these assholes for fraud and possible related crimes? I have no idea how to write such a petition, but if someone who does will help me, I will get it started in circulation. If you want to help, please e-mail me at: We really need to be sure these subverters of the election process are held accountable for their crimminal behavior. Thanks!
commented 2012-10-23 09:16:44 -0700 · Flag
Didn’t mean to click: An investigation must be done on FDA & USDA. They are guilty for not protecting us from GMOs. However, The Elite are powerful & they wanted all this to happen.
commented 2012-10-23 09:14:09 -0700 · Flag
Criminal charges should be filed on Monsanto & all of his buddies. An investigation must happen with FDA & USDA
commented 2012-10-22 22:11:08 -0700 · Flag
Any comments would be preaching to the choir. Fell free to send this to any California friends who plan to vote no.
commented 2012-10-22 08:54:38 -0700 · Flag
Prosecute Monsanto according to the highest punishment of the law, as well as his people at FDA, USDA & CDC.
commented 2012-10-22 08:52:17 -0700 · Flag
Monsanto is a criminal & should be charged to the highest extend of the law, as well as all his people at FDA & USDA.
commented 2012-10-21 22:05:10 -0700 · Flag
Great Work Yes on 37!

Please keep the heat on those who would poison the world to gain a few dollars. We will win the battle and we win the war.

Empires rise and empires fall. May the evil empire known as Monsanto meet its end as decisively and dramatically as did another evil empire 67 years ago.
commented 2012-10-21 21:51:02 -0700 · Flag
Can anyone provide us some research on Bob Goldberg, a GMO proponent at UCLA?

Does he, his department, or University have any ties to the GMO industry? Does he have GMO patents? We need to know as much as possible about the scientists and pseudo scientists attempting to snow us on this obsolete GMO technology.
commented 2012-10-20 15:02:15 -0700 · Flag
This story interests me very much. In the mind of Monsanto, they own the FDA and the FDA is ruled by Monsanto. Special Interests have dictated our Food Policy for more than 100 years. This is one of the themes of the 7.5 Million + 2 Campaign to Grow A Healthier Pizza, and the Petition that launched our Campaign.

This was a major revealing of what was hidden before and kind of slipped out.

We need to keep our eye on the prize…we need 7.5 Million + 2 simple majority to win this by my estimation.

Many have signed the petition off line. You can sign online here

I hope to write more about my FDA research before long. Good work on our side to pursue and bring this to light.

Leslie Goldman
Your Enchanted Gardener
Plant Your Dream Blog
commented 2012-10-19 16:43:34 -0700 · Flag
It is outrageous, but I am not surprised. Who is?
commented 2012-10-19 16:00:42 -0700 · Flag
continuation: Did our FDA & USDA not feel they should make the decision if GMOs were safe or not or Did Monsanto pay them off to let it in. EVERY EMPLOYEE IN FDA, USDA & CDC must be replace with upstanding people take the American’s best interest than being bought off by Monsanto. There have been several who left their jobs rather than to lie or by their actions they did not which would be a lie. ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT. BIG CORPORATIONS ARE NOT THE PEOPLE!! THEY MUST GET OUT OF GOVERNMENT & THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE THEIR COUNTRY BACK. A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION MUST HAPPEN. GEEEZ. THEY DID MORE OF AN INVESTIGATION ON CLINTON & HE CERTAINLY WAS NO HARMING MY COUNTRY. I believe this is the biggest scandal & deception we have ever had.
commented 2012-10-19 15:48:52 -0700 · Flag
Wonderful of the work that has already been done. Progress is moving on. I believe the FDA, USDA & CDC SHOULD RESPONSIBLE AS WELL. THEY ALSO HAVE NOT PROTECTED THE PEOPLE. I HOLD THEM JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR NOT ASSURING GMO’S WERE HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH. THAT IS THEIR JOB. MANY PEOPLE WERE PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO LET HIS PRODUCTS IN. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTED IN ANY JOB!!! THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SHOULD HAVE NO FAVORS. WE ALSO NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE SENATORS THAT VOTED NOT TO HAVE GMOs labeled & vetoed President Obama’s Farm Bill. This is more corruption that I’ve known in any company & this affects the people of The United States. All the other countries banned GMO’s. What happened to the U. S.???? It has made our government and agencies look like fools & that is all has corruption. What a show of the collective powers that be for the reputation of the U. S. Two of the countries are India, Mexico & Russia. Did our FDA & USDA
commented 2012-10-19 11:07:58 -0700 · Flag
How did Monsanto get so out of hand now when it has been going on for 20 yrs? It is the responsibility of the FDA & USDA to keep Monsanto’s food out. They must not try to play innocent now. Too many people have been affected by Monsanto.
commented 2012-10-19 09:31:21 -0700 · Flag
This is nothing compared to the legal fight that this will face when it passes. Monsanto and Co. will anything to make sure that it does not come into effect. I hope that the Prop 37 legal team is ready.
commented 2012-10-18 20:57:16 -0700 · Flag
Prop 37 opposition included a fraudulent FDA seal in the General Election Guide… Incredible!
commented 2012-10-18 16:19:24 -0700 · Flag
What a bunch of fucking shit. How does their weak ass argument stand up? Created for lawsuits and as a food tax? Are people really that dumb? I hope their whole corporation fails.
commented 2012-10-18 15:59:10 -0700 · Flag
Monsanto is the most criminal corporation in the U.S. Other countries already kicked them out and have mandated GMO labeling. Vote yes on Prop 37 to start helping all if us have the right to know what us in our food!
commented 2012-10-18 15:52:01 -0700 · Flag
If it’s important to label nutrition, calories, ingredients and allergen information…isn’t it important to lable ALL ingredients (even on a molecular level)??? Hey I have the RIGHT to know what’s going into my body!
commented 2012-10-18 13:40:31 -0700 · Flag
Monsanto should be charged with atrocities towards mankind. Please Californians vote YES on prop 37.
commented 2012-10-18 13:31:00 -0700 · Flag
Monsanto=criminals. Jail theCEO AND CFO!!!
commented 2012-10-18 13:05:27 -0700 · Flag
I am just grateful that this is being dealt with. I just pray the media that gets a hold of the masses will be honest. By the Lords working, I woke up this morning I started thinking of why the Argus did no investigation before endorsing the opposition. I went on the computer and look what I read. So I am photo-copying and going down there and asking them why they did no investigation and they should follow this like the other newspapers. Great Work Yes on 37