The court held that the differing treatment of state and federally inspected products was rational and that it was appropriate for Congress to place a limit on the market of state inspected goods. The American Meat Institute filed a "friend of the court" brief in the case supporting USDA's position that Congress could limit the shipment of state inspected products and the restrictions were not discriminatory.
"I wasn't surprised, but I was disappointed," said Shannon McQuade, chief legal council for Dailey, who indicated at press time that her client was still debating whether or not to appeal the decision. A decision had to be made by the first week of February.
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