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Ag Day Minute: U.S. investigating poultry price fixing

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The U.S. is investigating price-fixing charges against the country's biggest poultry companies. The investigation was revealed after the Department of Justice requested a temporary halt to discovery proceedings in a 2016 class-action lawsuit filed by food distributor Maplevale Farms. Maplevale accuses Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and others of conspiring to fix poultry prices between 2008 and 2016. The suit claims the companies shared information and restricted supply by destroying breeder hens. The case is one of nearly 40-filed by grocers, restaurants, and others against the poultry companies.

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