Meat Packing Industry pushes back at the Biden Administration

Sep 17, 2021  | 1 min  | Ep4705

A five-alarm fire Sunday night at a JBS plant in Grand Island, Nebraska sparked flashbacks to a 2019 blaze at a Kansas Tyson facility. The disruption at JBS was minimal in comparison but did come at a time when the large meat packers are under attack from the Biden Administration. 

John Torpy has more.

The meat processing industry pushed back against the Biden Administration this week in reaction to last week’s statements implying meatpackers might be responsible for higher food prices.

The North American Meat Institute responded to statements made by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week, inferring the meat packing industry might be responsible for increased consumer prices for beef, pork, and poultry.     
Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO North American Meat Institute: “Americans are experiencing firsthand what the Secretary refuses to acknowledge, the effects of COVID and lack of labor are hurting consumers, and nothing proposed by the Secretary of Agriculture on the structure of the meat and poultry industry will help families struggling to pay for groceries.”
Tyson Foods, one of the four meat processors under scrutiny by the Biden Administration for potential pandemic profiteering, also blames COVID-19 for the spike in prices as processing slowdowns resulted in a diminished beef supply at grocery store meat counters.
For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy.

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