Friday, January 24, 2003

A 1975 Iowa law prohibiting meat packers from owning livestock was ruled unconstitutional Wed., allowing the world's largest meatpacker to buy the nation's largest hog farmer [Des Moines Register | FoodRoutes]
In its complaint against the Iowa law, Smithfield said its vertical ownership of hog production and processing allows it to maintain "a high degree of quality control... to produce a consistently excellent line of value-added pork products and processed meats for national and international consumption."
Thank God that's working.

[Note that the law targeted Smithfield not only obviously, but explicitly, that is by name [Agriculture Online] -- which might well lead one to have to rule that it violated the Commerce Clause, if one were a Federal Judge].

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