Supreme Court Agrees To Hear National Meat Association's Case

OAKLAND, CA – OAKLAND, CA – National Meat Association is pleased that the Supreme Court announced today its intentions to review the Ninth Circuit's decision in NMA v. Harris. The case is expected to be put on the Court’s calendar in the next term, which begins on October 4, 2011.

This is an important case regarding the application of the clear preemption provisions of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, which were disregarded by the Court of Appeals. NMA is seeking injunctive relief against section 599f of California law, which would eliminate the ability of Federal inspectors to conduct ante-mortem inspections of non-ambulatory swine.

The Supreme Court has followed a particularly careful approach in granting NMA’s petition for review. The Court decided only after requesting and obtaining the views of the Solicitor General of the United States, who advised the Court that the Ninth Circuit's decision was in error. NMA looks forward to the Court's review of this important question.

National Meat Association is a non-profit trade association. Since 1946, NMA has represented meat packers and processors, equipment manufacturers and food suppliers who provide services to the meat industry. The association has members throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and Mexico.

Source: National Meat Association