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Top Antitrust Official Blasts ‘Unfair’ Chicken Farming Contracts

  • FTC chair backs USDA regulations around poultry farmer pay
  • Antitrust in the meat sector is in focus as inflation soars

One of the US’s top antitrust regulators is backing the Biden administration’s efforts to change the way chicken companies pay farmers, a move that could potentially reshape the industry. 

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan praised USDA regulations that would protect poultry growers paid via the controversial “tournament system,” which pits farmers against each other in a zero-sum game for a pool of money. Her statement issued Thursday adds momentum to the government’s efforts to limit companies from using the payment method. She also publicly urged the department to do more.