Washington State University has issued a statement that it plans to remain neutral on Initiative 522, which would require labeling of all foods in that state that contain genetically modified organisms.

Although faculty members have the right to express individual opinions, they do not represent those of the university, provost and executive vice president Daniel Bernardo wrote in the statement.

"Our role as one of Washington State’s premier research universities is limited to providing objective, science-based information to inform decision makers," he wrote.

I-522, also known as the "People's Right to Know about Genetically Engineered Food Act," was originally pushed by Chris McManus, a Tacoma-area advertising agency owner who founded www.labelitwa.org.

The measure goes before Washington state voters in November.