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New leaks question US poultry industry's treatment of farmers

The documents indicate how much sway the US poultry industry has over farmers.

5 August 2019, at 10:11am

A report from The Guardian has shed light on the tenuous position of US poultry producers as regards the control of industry over their profitability per chicken.

New leaked documents show that the terms imposed on poultry producers prohibit their ability to negotiate fair terms, and allow companies to pay producers less while charging retailing more per bird.

This is in light of a Department of Justice investigation into a price-fixing scandal implicating some of the biggest poultry companies in the USA.

The Guardian reported that none of the information these companies are alleged to have used to exploit the producers is available to the producers themselves, debilitating their ability to negotiate a fair deal with integrators.