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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that it will begin reporting how many hogs are being raised in compliance with animal confinement legislation (ACL), such as California’s Proposition 12, in its National Weekly Direct Swine Non-Carcass Merit Premium report, effective November 20, 2023. Previously, USDA reported ACL hogs under “Other,” a category that includes hogs raised under protocols for animal welfare, antibiotic free, diet/feed, genetics, meat quality, the Process Verified Program, and sow housing. According to AMS, the volume of ACL-compliant hogs under federal livestock reporting laws has become large enough to be listed in its own category.

[To accompany Agency Update "USDA Announces New Reporting Category for Hogs Raised in Compliance with Proposition 12 and Other Animal Confinement Legislation" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 216]