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NAMI Calls on California Department of Food and Agriculture to Postpone Implementation of Prop 12

Monday, June 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) today submitted public comments regarding California’s Proposition 12 calling for postponement of the law’s implementation so multiple problems affecting consumers and producers may be addressed.

The Meat Institute appreciates the opportunity to submit these comments,” said Mark Dopp, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and General Counsel in comments submitted on behalf of NAMI. “NAMI wishes to repeat its request that CDFA [California Department of Food and Agriculture] postpone implementing Prop 12 for at least two years and longer as necessary to ensure conversations and a common understanding among the agency, the industry, and consumers about the law’s economic impact and the alleged rationales underlying Prop 12.”

The Meat Institute added that Prop 12 compliance will result in significantly higher production costs and a less efficient supply chain, causing an increase in prices of pork and veal products sold in California. The Meat Institute also outlined Prop 12's constitutional infirmities that will inevitably mire the law in judicial challenges in the coming years.

To read the comments go here. 

For more on Proposition 12 go here.

The Meat Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest trade association representing packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal, turkey, and processed meat products. NAMI member companies account for more than 95 percent of the United States’ output of these products.

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