California Delays Prop 12 Implementation By Six Months

Pork farmers whose product is destined for California have another six months to prepare their pens.  California’s Superior Court granted a motion to delay the effective date of the state’s Proposition 12 regulations to Jan. 1st, 2024.  The proposition setting a minimum size for pens holding pigs eventually destined for California’s store shelves was approved in 2018 by 62 percent of voters and upheld last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.  National Pork Producers Council CEO Bryan Humphreys says it’s “welcome news” that California granted an additional six months for the transition.  However, he calls the solution temporary and that uncertainty still surrounds the eventual implementation of Proposition 12.  Humphreys concluded by noting that NPPC is looking forward to working with Congress on a “permanent solution” to the problem.