Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Senate bill aims to break up meat giants

A bill to investigate big meatpacking companies has passed out of committee to the Senate in the United States.

The Meat Packing Special Investigator Act would create an Office of the Special Investigator for Competition Matters within U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Packers and Stockyards Division.

The legislation would equip a team of investigators with subpoena power, dedicated to preventing and addressing anticompetitive practices in the meat and poultry industries and enforcing antitrust laws. 

The investigators would coordinate with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to protect the food supply and increase national security. 

An amendment to the Meat Packing Special Investigator Act offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, and supported by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, puts a professional civil servant,  not a political appointee, in charge.