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DOJ sends investigative demands to four meat packers in antitrust investigation


News Staff - June 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Justice has formally demanded information from Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill, Inc., and National Beef Inc. – known as the ‘Big Four,’ due to their 85% market share. The DOJ  a has also contacted state Attorney's General about the investigation into beef markets because of growing concerns about the divide in pricing between box beef and live cattle.

The DOJ antitrust division sent the investigative demands that are not subpoenas but are similar.

In May, President Trump asked the Department of Justice to look into allegations that U.S. meat packers broke antitrust law.

"I’ve asked them to take a very serious look into it, because it shouldn’t be happening that way and we want to protect our farmers,” the president said.

The meat packing industry has also been under scrutiny during the coronavirus pandemic because of increased outbreaks reported in packing plants that have closed or limited operations. Current estimates show a backlog of about 1 million head of cattle.



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