National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules.
Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market.
With little time left to build new facilities, inseminate sows and process the offspring by January, it's hard to see how the pork industry can adequately supply California, which consumes roughly 15% of all pork produced in the country.
The National Pork Producers Council has asked the U.S.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture said that although the detailed regulations aren't finished, the key rules about space have been known for years.
The pork industry has filed lawsuits but so far courts have supported the California law.
The National Pork Producers Council and a coalition of California restaurants and business groups have asked Gov.
The California rules also create a challenge for slaughterhouses, which now may send different cuts of a single hog to locations around the nation and to other countries.