The US government is investigating the chicken industry
The Ministry of Justice had informed Tyson ( TSN ) in April that it had summoned a large jury and summoned the company to submit evidence. On Friday, department lawyers asked a judge to suspend the evidence in the lawsuit for six months to ensure the integrity of the grand jury's investigation. The Ministry of Justice stated in its September 19 court hearing that it was pursuing an investigation similar to the civil suit.
The underlying case was filed in September 2016 by Maplevale Farms, a New York food service retailer.
According to his complaint, Maplevale claims that 28 chicken companies have "banded together and bonded to fix, raise, maintain and stabilize the price of broilers," which are the predominant type of chicken in the United States to be bred for production. Maplevale claims chicken producers have co-ordinated their production and limited chicken production to raise prices.
The application was previously reported by the Food and Environment Reporting Network and the Wall Street Journal.
Walmart WMT joined the fight last month and sued many of the same poultry companies. Walmart accused the chicken companies of killing juveniles to raise prices and increase production once prices reached a satisfactory level. It is unclear by what law Walmart objects. Food Distribution Giant Sysco ( SYY ) also sued poultry companies last year.
Tyson, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC ]) Sanderson ( SAFM )
and Perdue control, according to Watts Poultry USA , a poultry industry journal [1
9659004gemeinsam51%derHühnerindustrie] In a Tuesday statement, Tyson said the Justice Department's request to intervene in the Maplevale farms would not alter our view that the allegations that Tyson Foods had worked with competitors were simply unfounded. We remain determined to defend ourselves against these unfounded allegations. "
Sanderson said he" continues to believe that the claims of the plaintiffs regarding Sanderson Farms are completely unfounded, and we are determined to vigorously defend the case. "Pilgrim's Pride said it "emphatically denies all allegations of anti-competitive behavior. [and] welcomes the opportunity to defend themselves against these allegations through the trial. "Perdue declined to comment.
– CNN Business" Danielle Wiener-Bronner contributed to this report.
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