Smithfield Foods is withdrawing from California by early next year, citing red tape like that from Proposition 12 and the generally high costs of doing business in the state.

Products such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, dinner sausage, bone-In-hams, and sliced hams, will cease being produced at Smithfield’s Farmer John meat packing plant in Vernon, CA.

Smithfield will cease all harvest and processing operations at Vernon and at the same time “align its hog production system by reducing its sow herd in the Western region.”

A company statement said it would decrease its sow herd in Utah and explore strategies

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