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McDaniel defines stance on pending egg lawsuit

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 25, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says it's not appropriate for the state to join a Missouri lawsuit that challenges California restrictions on egg production, but he supports the border state's efforts.

McDaniel said Tuesday that California rules that ban importation of eggs from hens kept in cages smaller than a certain size don't affect Arkansas producers because they already meet the guidelines.

But, McDaniel said, he supports the Missouri lawsuit because one state should not be able to cause harm to another state's agriculture production.

Arkansas produces about 1 billion eggs per year, but only a small portion is shipped to California.

The attorney general said California's restrictions appear to violate the Commerce Clause.

McDaniel said he may file a friend of the court brief in support of Missouri's challenge.

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smbatark says... March 25, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

Attorney General McDaniel is sorely wrong. The "majority" of commercial egg producers in the the state of Arkansas do not meet the requirement for California Egg production. Those requirements state that a chicken must have 116 sq/in per bird and be able to turn and spread their wings without any obstructions. To meet those guidelines, most egg producers will need to spend millions of dollars in housing and equipment upgrades.

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RBBrittain says... March 26, 2014 at 1:40 a.m.

@smbatark: Try reading the WHOLE article. It doesn't matter to "most egg producers" in Arkansas as they do NOT sell their eggs to California; the ones that do may meet the standards already. Our lame-duck AG has bigger fish (or roosters) to fry...

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TheBatt says... March 26, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.

McDaniel and his political aspirations...

He is right in one way - the California law/rule does violate the Commerce clause. But this particular issue doesn't have any political points to score for his aspirations, so he isn't "wasting his time".

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