On November 6, 2018, California voters approved Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, which amended requirements in Chapter 13.8, sections 25990 through 25994, of the Health and Safety Code (HSC). The revised law requires that covered animals be housed in confinement systems that comply with specific standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design and minimum floor space, and identifies covered animals to include veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens, as specified. HSC section 25990 prohibits a farm owner or operator from knowingly causing any covered animal to be confined in a cruel manner, as specified, and prohibits a business owner or operator from knowingly engaging in the sale within the state of shell eggs, liquid eggs, whole pork meat or whole veal meat, as defined, from animals housed in a cruel manner. Resource: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Prop12.html
What does this mean for California? In short, the sale of pork products such as bacon are said to increase by 60% from the suppliers that have followed the prop 12 requirements. Also, suppliers that do not comply will not be selling products to California therefore would have an impact on the supply chain of bacon and other raw pork products.
We have been in communication with our key suppliers and they stated their facilities been working to comply with Prop 12’s requirements. We will keep you in the loop when we have more updates to share.