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Poultry Industry Challenges Campaign Ad

by 5m Editor
27 October 2006, at 10:41am

OKLAHOMA - Poultry industry representatives criticized Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson Thursday for campaign commercials accusing them of using the state's rivers like open sewers.

"Such outrageous statements defy logic and truth," Mark Simmons, chairman of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs, Ark., said at a news conference at the Tulsa Press Club.

Edmondson filed a federal lawsuit against 14 Arkansas poultry companies last year, including Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer. He accuses them of polluting the Illinois River with chicken litter. He is running for re-election against Republican attorney James Dunn, who has pledged to toss the lawsuit his first day in office if elected.

In the ad, which began airing in Tulsa and Oklahoma City Oct. 14, Edmondson mentions the lawsuit and criticizes the poultry industry.

The poultry industry contends the lawsuit could harm Oklahoma ranchers who raise chickens for Arkansas companies named in the lawsuit.

Source: Chron.com

5m Editor