Delegates to the 2016 Pork Forum were furious when blamed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for initiating a settlement in a case brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), alleging the sale of “Pork. The Other White Meat” using Pork Checkoff funds was an unlawful act.
The case was originally dismissed in 2013. It was returned to the lower court after an appellate court reversed the initial decision. The USDA and Department of Justice have attempted to settle the case, leaving the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and National Pork Board (Pork Board) out of the equation despite their attempts to intervene.
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