Iowa’s packer ban will get its day in court

May 24, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: US pork producer Smithfield Foods will have to head back to court to defend its right to own livestock operations a US appeals court ruled Friday.

The Iowa based producer had sued the state of Iowa last year, claiming the state’s ban on meat processors owning livestock operations was discriminating against interstate commerce.

The district court found in Smithfield’s favor, but this ruling has now been set aside by the appeals court and sent back to the district court. The appeals court ruled that there had not been enough information to determine if the law was unconstitutional, reported Reuters.


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