Bloomberg: DOJ Subpoenas Four Biggest Meatpackers in Antitrust Probe

DOJ Subpoenas Four Biggest Meatpackers in Antitrust Probe


David McLaughlin

June 4, 2020, 3:33 PM MDT Updated on June 4, 2020, 5:19 PM MDT

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The Justice Department is formally demanding information from the country’s four biggest meatpackers over potential antitrust violations, according to a person familiar with the matter, deepening scrutiny of an industry that’s been riled by shutdowns due to the coronavirus.

The department’s antitrust division sent civil investigative demands, which are akin to subpoenas, to the companies and is talking with state attorneys general about the probe after a group of states called for an investigation, said the person, who declined to be named because the inquiry is confidential.

Meatpacking is highly consolidated with four companies — Tyson Foods Inc., JBS SA, Cargill Inc. and National Beef Inc.