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Democrats Step Up Criticism of Meat Companies on Inflation

  • Cicilline says there’s “dire need” for antitrust reform
  • Complaints Sanderson-Cargill deal cuts pay to poultry growers
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Democrats ratcheted up criticism of meatpacking giants Wednesday as a key lawmaker on antitrust issues charged that profiteering at the expense of consumers and farmers has reached “crisis” levels.

Representative David Cicilline, chairman of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, said chicken farmers are living in poverty due to the dominant role of a handful of poultry integrators amid unprecedented concentration in the food sector.