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Supreme Court denies petition to review California’s Proposition 12

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:41 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Supreme Court denied a petition to review California’s Proposition 12. The law requires the sale of meat products in the state to conform with California’s animal housing standards, but the National Pork Producer Council says those standards will reach far outside California’s borders to farms across the country, driving up costs for both pork producers and consumers. The high court provided no reason why the petition was denied. The law is set to go into effect on January 1.

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