Massachusetts takes major step against pork sales restrictions – Ohio Ag Net
Massachusetts House – by an overwhelming 156-1 margin – voted to postpone until January 1, 2023, a provision of the Question 3 initiative that will ban the sale of pork that does not meet state production standards , a move championed by the National Pork Producers Council, which has actively sought relief for pork producers and the pork supply chain.
The House also transferred the authority for drafting regulations from the state attorney general to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. The measure should easily pass the state Senate next week before going to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker for signature. Originally slated to take effect on January 1, 2022, the 2016 voter-approved voting initiative – similar to California Proposition 12 – prohibits the sale of pork from pigs born to sows housed in pens that are not not meet new Massachusetts standards. It applies to any uncooked pork sold in the state, whether produced there or outside its borders. Almost all of the pork currently produced in the United States does not meet arbitrary Massachusetts standards.
Similar to the 2018 California ballot initiative, supporters of Question 3 claimed it would improve animal welfare and food safety. But the requirements of the measure will have no effect on either and may have a negative effect on both, according to many. animal housing studies. The NPPC and the American Farm Bureau Federation recently asked the United States Supreme Court to file a lawsuit against California Proposal 12. Farm organizations are challenging the constitutionality of a state imposing regulations beyond its borders, arguing that they stifle interstate and international commerce.