Challenging Prop-12: the latest brief to the Supreme Court

The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau have submitted a brief to the Supreme Court challenging California’s Prop-12.

The measure sets strict housing guidelines for hogs regardless of where they are raised. The two groups argue Prop-12 violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause by creating an extra burden on interstate commerce, especially since 99 percent of pork consumed in California comes from other states.

The case made its way to the Supreme Court after a circuit court ruled against it last July. The groups expect arguments to take place as early as October.

Prop-12 was just one reason Smithfield Foods gave for announcing it will close its only pork processing plant in California. The packing giant said it is simply too expensive to do business in the Golden State anymore. Smithfield will also reduce its sow herd in the western region early next year.

All impacted employees are being provided relocation options and retention incentives to make sure the business continues until the closure.

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