A federal judge has ruled against Iowa pork producers in their challenge of a California state law restricting the sale of pork in that state. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday said he’s disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review California’s ban on the sale of meat from animals that don’t meet the state’s space standards for confinements.
It’s a big issue in Iowa, the nation’s top pork producer, where industry officials have said sales would rise sharply if California would loosen its minimum required space for breeding pigs in confinement, for example.
In a tweet, Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote that he was “disappointed” the court rejected a petition regarding California’s Proposition 12, approved by Californians in 2018. He added that nearly all of California’s pork comes from other states.
Grassley said Proposition 12, in his opinion, is “not based on science” and will “hurt farmers/consumers with increased cost.”
I’m disappointed SCOTUS denied petition to review California’s Prop 12 Almost 100% of pork consumed in CA comes from out of state& IA is #1 pork state Prop 12 not based on science & will hurt Farmers/consumers with increased cost. Still hope w separate pending case b4 9th Circuit
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 28, 2021
The North American Meat Institute, representing meatpackers, asked for the review. The court didn’t explain its decision to deny the petition, letting the California rules stand.
AgriPulse reported that the institute said in a statement, “We are disappointed our petition … was denied. We will be considering other options to protect consumers and producers from Proposition 12, which will cost both millions of dollars, according to economists and the state of California’s own analysis,” meat institute spokesperson Sarah Little said in a statement.
Opponents of the petition included the Humane Society of the U.S., Health Care Without Harm, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, The Consumer Federation of America, and Food & Water Watch, AgriPulse reported.
Grassley said he hopes another pending case in the 9th Circuit will give the industry a chance to address its concerns.
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