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ANALYSIS: Impacts of Prop 12 Shape Memorial Day Outlook for Pork Ribs, Bacon and Butts

Memorial Day is traditionally celebrated as one of the major pork holidays each year. Ribs, bacon, and butts are all beloved staples of this popular weekend that marks the official start of summer. However, this year presents a unique situation due to rebounding cold storage levels post prop 12 proclamation, sow liquidations, and economic uncertainty, unlike the past few years.

The current values for bone-in butts show an increase of 3.9% compared to this time last year, and they are also 10.4% above the...

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May 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry



ANALYSIS: Frozen Pork Supplies Plummet to Monthly Record Lows

The latest USDA Pork Cold Storage Report reveals that frozen pork supplies reached record monthly lows in February. Stocks decreased by 1% from the previous month and declined by 12% compared to last year. The most significant declines were observed in boneless hams, boneless loins, ribs, trimmings, and bellies, which experienced month-over-month decreases.

This reduction in frozen stocks can be partly attributed to increased demand during the third and fourth quarters of 2023 from regions impacted by Prop 12, ahead of the January 1, 2024, deadline...

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Apr 3 8:51 AM, Urner Barry


CDFA Announces New Proposition 12 Certifying Agent

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Animal Care Program has announced NSF Certification LLC as its newest Proposition 12 certifying agent.

NSF Certification LLC is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is accredited to certify distributors. It will be extending its certification services nationwide within the United States, added the Animal Care Program. 

A complete list of accredited certifying agents can be found here. To date, there are eighteen private entities accredited as a certifying agent per Chapter 10 (commencing with section 1320) of Division 2 of Title 3 of the...

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Mar 20 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


CDFA Announces New Proposition 12 Certifying Agent

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Animal Care Program has announced NSF Cerficiation LLC as its newest Proposition 12 certifying agent.

NSF Certification LLC is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is accredited to certify distributors. It will be extending its certification services nationwide within the United States, added the Animal Care Program. 

A complete list of accredited certifying agents can be found...

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Mar 19 1:39 PM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Beef 50s and Pork 42s Take Diverging Paths

Over the past decade, fresh beef 50s and pork 42s have generally followed a corresponding trend in pricing. The two items can be used interchangeably for processed products like hot dogs and sausage, with preferences among the processors for the materials sometimes boiling down to cost. 

Fresh beef 50s have historically maintained a premium over pork 42s with recent exceptions observed in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, accelerated export interest, modestly reduced domestic production, conversion line issues, and retail interest for pork sausage supported the value of 42s, making them...

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Mar 8 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


CDFA Issues New Proposition 12 Guidance Document on Certificates

The California Department of Agriculture's (CDFA) Animal Care Program has issued a new guidance document to aid stakeholders in distinguishing between the various certificates issued for Proposition 12 compliance.

Proposition 12 (2018) went fully into effect on January 1, 2024. The law prohibits the sale of shell eggs, liquid eggs, whole pork meat, or whole veal meat in California from animals that fail to comply with specific standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design, and specified minimum floor space. 

The Supreme Court upheld Proposition 12...

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Feb 12 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


Canada Concerned That VCOOL Rule and Prop 12 Could Disrupt Supply Chains

Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Washington D.C. last month to discuss strengthening agricultural ties between the two countries.

During their meeting, Minister MacAulay raised proposed changes in voluntary country-of-origin labeling (VCOOL) regulations for meat and livestock. These regulations along with California's Proposition 12 could restrict trade and disrupt supply chains, said the Minister. 

The USDA proposed a rule last March that allows the voluntary “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” label claim to be used on...

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Feb 8 9:26 AM, UB Newswires


UK Pork Producers Explore Export Opportunities to CA Amid Prop 12 Enforcement

British meat producers are exploring export opportunities to California after Proposition 12 went into full enforcement on January 1, 2024.

Proposition 12 originated as a ballot initiative in 2018 and was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on May 11, 2023. The Californian law prohibits the sale of meat and eggs in the state that were raised under certain farming conditions.

Under the law, breeding pigs must have a minimum of 24 square feet of usable floor space per animal. Proposition 12 applies to...

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Feb 1 6:55 AM, UB Newswires


California Proposition 12 Audit Trail Guidance

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) published a new guidance document regarding the audit trail requirements (guidance) of Proposition 12 (Prop12), which can be accessed here.

The audit trail requirements of Prop 12 have previously been interpreted to require distributors to produce records going all the way back to the certified producer (i.e. sow farm). This interpretation resulted in packer/processors receiving numerous requests from customers for traceability records back to the producer to enable the customer to become a certified Prop 12 distributor. A federally inspected establishment is not...

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Jan 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Farmers Concerned About Effects of California's New Animal Welfare Law

A new animal welfare law going into effect in California Jan. 1 that mandates space requirements for pigs, cows and chickens has some livestock farmers on edge.

Proposition 12 prohibits sales in California of pork, veal and eggs from livestock whose confinement doesn't meet certain minimum space rules. Those rules mandate hog pens to be large enough for an animal to turn around.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law, ruling 5-4 that "while the Constitution addresses many weighty issues, the type of pork chops California merchants...

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Jan 2 8:49 AM, Urner Barry


Prop 12 Enforcement Begins: Landmark Crate-Free Animal Welfare Law Fully Implemented in New Year

Beginning January 1, 2024, fresh pork sold in California and Massachusetts must be gestation-crate free as the two states’ historic animal welfare laws—Proposition 12 and Question 3—are fully implemented and enforceable. Humane animal care leader Niman Ranch is 100% audited, compliant and ready for implementation with available supply of crate-free, Certified Humane® fresh pork raised sustainably and without antibiotics by independent family farmers.

“The best resolution the pork industry and consumers can make this new year is to commit to...

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Dec 21 9:06 AM, Urner Barry


duBreton Farms are Now Certified by the California Animal Care Program (Prop12)

As a leader in animal welfare, duBreton is proud to announce that they are one of the first companies to be certified and ready for the implementation of California's Proposition 12 which restricts gestation crate usage and requires 24 square feet of space per sow.

"Today, we take another step forward, since we are not just compliant, but fully audited and ready for California's Proposition 12, which goes into effect on January 1st, 2024," declared Vincent Breton, CEO...

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Dec 15 7:57 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Bacon's Market Journey Through 2023

According to the most recent data from Circana on COMTELL, as of October 15, 2023, the average price of non-discounted bacon across all U.S. foods was $6.66/lb. This figure was preceded two weeks prior by the highest price recorded this year, at $6.95/lb. In the period from January to May of 2023, supplies of bellies in cold storage saw an increase, attributed to lackluster interest in bacon from foodservice sectors during the first half of the year. However, a decline in both frozen and fresh belly supplies became evident...

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Oct 24 8:07 AM, Urner Barry


New Jersey Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Banning Gestation Crates

On Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A-1970/S-1298) requiring the State Board of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture to "adopt rules and regulations concerning the confinement, care, and treatment of breeding pigs and calves raised for veal", according to a press release

The bill "prohibits confinement in an enclosure that impacts a breeding pig and calf’s ability to freely move in certain ways and properly groom itself and that limits visual contact with other calves." Specifically, the law requires a minimum of 24 square feet ...

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Jul 28 7:20 AM, UB Newswires


Triumph Foods, Midwest Farmers Challenge Constitutionality of Massachusetts Question 3

Triumph Foods filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal district court challenging the constitutionality of the state law known as Question 3 (Q3) and, in turn, similar laws like it, including California’s Proposition 12 (Prop 12). Christensen Farms Midwest, LLC, The Hanor Company of Wisconsin, LLC, New Fashion Pork, LLP, and Eichelberger Farms, Inc., also joined the suit as plaintiffs, along with the Allied Producers’ Cooperative, a group of smaller Midwest farmers.

The lawsuit also seeks preliminary injunctive relief to stay the...

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Jul 27 8:15 AM, Urner Barry


U.S. Interstate Pork Commerce Faces Uncertain Future As States Implement New Restrictive Laws

On May 11, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld a lower court’s ruling to preserve California Proposition 12 (Prop 12), which prohibits the sale of pork not produced according to the state’s production standards. This means restaurants in California will now have to source pork that meets these standards.

California requires that all pork sold in the state must come from farms that house sows with at least 24 square feet each and ensure their ability to stand up and turn around in their... 

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Jul 24 7:55 AM, Urner Barry


Proposition 12 Distributor Guidance Document Released by CDFA

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Care Program released a new guidance document on its website detailing the on-site inspection requirements for a distributor obtaining a third-party certification according to Proposition 12's regulations. 

California's Proposition 12, which began as a ballot initiative in 2018, went into effect on July 1, 2023. The law requires veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens to be housed in confinement systems that comply with specific minimum standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design, and minimum floor space. Any...

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Jul 17 6:47 AM, UB Newswires


Massachusetts Question 3 Stay Extended to August 23

Massachusetts

In August 2022, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, along with additional plaintiffs, filed an Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction of Massachusetts’ Question 3 (Q3) in the United States District Court for District of Massachusetts, which resulted in a stay of enforcement of Q3 until after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a case involving California’s Proposition 12. The judge in the Massachusetts case signed a subsequent order extending the previously agreed upon stay until August 23, 2023. Massachusetts has agreed to not enforce Question 3 as it relates to...

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Jul 11 10:13 AM, Urner Barry


CDFA Releases Updated July 1 Proposition 12 Q&A

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Care Program released an updated Q&A for Proposition 12, which started as a ballot initiative first approved by the state's voters in 2018. Prop 12 mandates minimum housing requirements for veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and prohibits a producer from selling products in California that came from a covered animal confined in a cruel manner. 

In mid-June, the Superior Court for the County of Sacramento signed an order that provided an extension for the continued sale of non-compliant whole pork meat in California that was already in the supply...

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Jul 3 6:40 AM, UB Newswires


CDFA Hosts Pork Producer Webinar in Part Three of Prop 12 Series

In part three of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Care Program Proposition 12 webinar series, the CDFA explained requirements for producers keeping or housing breeding pigs. 

Last week, the judge in the Superior Court of California for Sacramento County amended a previous order and extended the enforcement date until December 31, 2023, for “noncompliant” whole pork meat in inventory as of July 1, 2023, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) explained.

Meat from noncompliant hogs slaughtered before July 1 can be sold in California...

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Jun 28 8:41 AM, UB Newswires


The Retail Rundown: Which Proteins Dominate Holiday Features?

Leading up to the Fourth of July holiday, seafood and pork feature volume dominate retail buying opportunities. Seafood features account for 28.5% of total protein features while pork comes in with 26.7%. Beef falls to third with 25.3%, followed by chicken with 17.1%.

According to the National Retail Federation's annual Independence Day survey, 87% of consumers plan to celebrate the Fourth of July this year and spend an average of $93.34 on food items. Total spending is expected to reach a record $9.5 billion, up from $7.7 billion in 2022. Of those celebrating, 65%...

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Jun 28 8:02 AM, UB Newswires


North American Meat Instutute: Update on California Proposition 12

Yesterday, the judge in the Superior Court of California for Sacramento County presiding over litigation regarding enforcement of Proposition 12 amended a previous order and effectively extended the enforcement date until December 31, 2023, for “noncompliant” whole pork meat in inventory as of July 1, 2023.[1] Meat from noncompliant hogs slaughtered before July 1 can be sold into California and designated as “compliant.” Companies should maintain documentation showing products are from hogs slaughtered prior to July 1. Importantly, unless one of the exemptions applies, this extension does not allow sales...

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Jun 23 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


New Jersey Bill Banning Gestation Crates Passes State Senate

New Jersey bill A1970 Acs (ACS), sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherj (D-33), passed the state Senate this week. It now heads to New Jersey Governor Murphy for his signature, who has 45 days from June 20, 2023 to act. 

Similar to California's Proposition 12, the bill sets animal-welfare standards for meat sold within the state. Specifically, it establishes criminal offenses and civil penalties concerning the inhumane confinement of breeding pigs and calves raised for veal. It requires 24 square feet of usable floor space per breeding pig and 43 square feet of usable floor space per calf. The animals must be able to fully extend their limbs and turn around freely....

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Jun 23 7:08 AM, UB Newswires


NPPC Statement on California Proposition 12 Implementation Modification

“It is welcome news to America’s pig farmers and consumers that California recognized the challenging situation the July 1 Proposition 12 implementation date will have on our industry and food supply. Granting six months of additional relief for products in the supply chain allows grocery stores to remain stocked so the 40 million Californians have uninterrupted access to affordable, safe and nutritious pork products, especially with rising food prices.

“We appreciate Governor Newsom, Attorney General Bonta, and the California Department of Food and...

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Jun 22 9:37 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Bring "Fourth" the Deals

Retailers are bringing "fourth" the deals for shoppers this week and next ahead of Independence Day, or the third leg of summer grilling occasions (the first two being Memorial Day and Father’s Day). 

The Fourth of July is the last major buying occasion of the summer until Labor Day, meaning grocers are actively promoting protein sales before we enter the dog days of summer. While the weather will influence sales for the upcoming holiday, retailers are also considering that this year’s holiday falls on Tuesday. This could potentially affect consumers' plans for cookouts...

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Jun 21 6:45 AM, UB Newswires


Senator Marshall Introduces EATS Act Ahead of  Prop 12 Implementation Date

On Thursday, Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), introduced a bill called the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act, to “prevent States and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate commerce, and for other purposes”.

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson will be leading this effort in the U.S. House of Representatives, added Marshall's office. The EATS Act would prevent states like California from regulating farmers nationwide. 

"The United States is constantly faced with non-tariff trade barriers from protectionist countries, hurting American agriculture's access to ...

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Jun 16 6:48 AM, UB Newswires


Cattle Complex Slips at Midweek While Hogs Rally on Firmer Cash

The cattle complex on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange tumbled at midweek, sending August live cattle sliding to a nearly two-week floor. Feeder futures led the declines, with losses for the August through November contracts ranging from $4.05 to $4.55 per cwt despite weaker corn prices at the closing bell for livestock futures.

Grain futures are up sharply so far Thursday as traders monitor dry conditions in the nation's major crop-producing regions. Corn futures are up by about 9 to 10 cents and soybeans are showing...

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Jun 15 7:42 AM, UB Newswires


CDFA Explains Distributor Requirements in Part Two of Prop 12 Webinar Series

In part two of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Care Program Proposition 12 webinar series, the CDFA explained requirements for distributors selling or distributing covered products to an end-user in California.

Dr. Elizabeth Cox, Animal Care Program Manager at CDFA, and Dr. Annette Jones, Director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division at CDFA, hosted Tuesday's webinar.

The distributor is one step above the end user. End-users are as follows: retail location (no further distribution), a consumer (personal consumption), restaurant of a food facility, or a food processing facility or cottage food operation...

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Jun 14 7:58 AM, UB Newswires


NAMI Hosts Prop 12 Webinar With California Department of Food and Agriculture

On Monday, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) along with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) hosted a webinar exploring enforcement, documentation, and transition ahead of Proposition 12, which is set to go into effect July 1.

Speakers included Dr. Elizabeth Cox, who currently leads the Animal Care Program for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Dr. Anette Jones, Director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Services at CDFA.

Proposition 12 is a California law first approved by California voters...

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Jun 13 7:52 AM, UB Newswires


Live Cattle and Feeder Futures Snap Streak of Higher Closes

After scoring fresh contract highs again at midweek, live cattle futures finished sharply lower Wednesday, snapping their nine-day streak of firmer closes. 

The June live cattle contract closed 82.5 cents lower at $179.00 per cwt but remains overbought. The deferred contracts formed outside bearish reversals. 

Feeder futures also scored new highs yesterday before nosediving, sending most actively traded August to a nearly one-week floor. The front-month finished $4.15 lower at $239.10 per cwt while September was down $4.25 to $242.275 per cwt...

 

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Jun 8 7:17 AM, UB Newswires


CDFA Addresses Questions for End-Users in Proposition 12 Webinar

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Animal Care Program is hosting a series of webinars reviewing the regulations and requirements of Proposition 12, which the Supreme Court upheld on May 11, 2023.

The first of three webinars titled “End-Users – retailers, restaurants, food processors” took place on Tuesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. The speakers included Dr. Elizabeth Cox, Animal Care Program Manager at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and Dr. Annette Jones, Director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division at CDFA... 

 

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Jun 7 7:13 AM, UB Newswires


The Retail Rundown: Attractive Pork Features Could Entice Consumers This Summer

Competitive retail pork prices this summer could entice more consumers to favor pork over other proteins, especially as beef production continues to decline due to tightening cattle supplies.

Retailers are still aggressively promoting beef, which make up 29.9% of total retail buying opportunities. Seafood closely follows with 28.7%, while pork ranks third at 21.3%. Chicken has 14.4% of total ad space, down about 3% from the week prior. 

Within pork, brand-label bacon features make up the majority of features this week. According to the latest Circana data for...

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Jun 7 6:50 AM, UB Newswires


CDFA Releases Guidance on Pork Sales Following Proposition 12 Ruling

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Animal Care Program released an FAQ related to pork sales following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 12. 

The housing requirements for a breeding pig under Proposition 12 went into effect on January 1, 2022.  Enforcement of that provision was enjoined in February 2022 but that injunction is set to expire on July 1, 2023. 

An important dates guidance can be found here. Moreover, a list of previous implementation dates and the upcoming deadline of January 1, 2024, after which producers and distributors are required...

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Jun 2 10:42 AM, UB Newswires







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