Meat Industry Sues California

Meat Industry Sues California

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The North American Meat Institute has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, to block enforcement of the voter-approved, "Proposition 12." The measure requires farmers, who market in the state, provide more space for animals being raised for food.

The North American Meat Institute, whose members include processors such as Tyson Foods and retailers including Walmart, said enforcing Proposition 12 would hurt producers and consumers by significantly increasing their costs. The group calls the measure an "overreach" that violates the U.S. Constitution's “commerce clause.”

Spokesmen for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for the state’s Department of Public Health declined to comment.

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