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Senators Ask FTC to Probe Meat-Industry Consolidation

Operations On The Northstar Bison Ranch As Diners Swap Steak For Grass-Fed Game

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Two U.S. senators are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate consolidation in American meatpacking and processing for any anticompetitive behavior resulting from concentration.

Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Josh Hawley of Missouri said that four companies process 85% of all beef in the U.S. and three companies control 63% of pork processing.