USMEF Weekly Audio: California’s Prop 12 Could Create Obstacles for Pork Destined for Overseas Markets

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently submitted comments to the California Department of Food and Agriculture outlining industry concerns about the proposed regulatory text for Proposition 12, California’s farm animal confinement initiative.

Travis Arp, USMEF senior director of export services, explains that USMEF’s comments are focused specifically on the impact on international trade, including potential logistical challenges for the pork exporters utilizing California’s port infrastructure and cold storage facilities. If exporters are required to indicate the status of Prop 12 compliance on commercial documents, this greatly limits the commercial flexibility for product moving through California – especially pork intended for export that may end up staying in the domestic market.

USMEF also highlights potential documentation and handling problems created by proposed inspection procedures at the California border, detailing how these inspections could be disruptive for exporters whose product is loaded in sealed containers and documented accordingly.

USMEF’s full comments are available online.

Travis Arp, USMEF senior director of export services

The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider. 

Submitted to the BARN by:

Joe Schuele

Vice President, Communications

U.S. Meat Export Federation

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