Two giant food-distribution companies have filed court action against chicken processors, claiming they conspire to set wholesale prices.
Farmers have also accused the companies of colluding to set production-contract terms and compensation.
Sysco Corp. and U.S. Foods Inc. sued Tyson Foods Inc, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, Sanderson Farms and Perdue Farms in separate complaints filed in federal court on Tuesday.
Tyson, the biggest U.S. chicken company, and Pilgrim’s Pride denied the latest accusations.
Sanderson Farms said it will defend itself against the claims, while privately held Perdue declined to comment.
The court action came the same day as the Competition Bureau in Canada filed documents indicating it believes bread companies met with major supermarket chains to tell them they had agreed to price increases and to promise they would not offer their supermarket competitors better deals.