Justice Department Investigating U.S. Meatpacker Internet Alliance.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Klein said the agency is aware of this new venture and is taking steps to determine if its formation or operation is likely to have anti-competitive effects on producers and consumers. "You can be assured that if we conclude that the venture violates the anti-trust laws, we will take appropriate action," Klein wrote in a letter to state officials.
Reaction from U.S. meatpackers has been measured. Tyson spokesman Ed Nicholson said there would be "no collusion with regard to fixing prices," according to Associated Press. Mark Klein, communication manager for Excel, said, "We will cooperate with any review." IBP spokesman Gary Mikelson said investigators are likely to be disappointed by what they will find. "What they will learn is that it is designed as an independent company.... If anything, we believe competition will be enhanced," he said.
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|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Date:||Jun 26, 2000|
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