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Pilgrim's Pride Sued by Farmer Over Chicken-Raising Practice

  • West Virginia producer says poultry firm violates federal law
  • Company accused of misleading farmers on profits from deals
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A contract farmer for Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is blowing the whistle on what he says is the poultry company’s repeated violations of federal law covering the raising of birds.

Eric Hedrick, a West Virginia-based chicken producer, sued Pilgrim’s Pride, a unit of Brazil’s scandal-plagued JBS SA, alleging the company retaliated by sending him diseased chicks and moldy feed when he objected to some of its practices.