Proposed restrictions on livestock packer-buyers would lead to fewer, not more lawsuits, says USDA.
Updates to anti-trust provisions in the 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act would decrease the number of lawsuits and keep contacts private, the department says in a report, "Misconceptions and explanations," published on its website.
USDA's Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration drafted the updates and is taking public comments about them until Nov. 22.
Most of the proposed revisions pertain to the poultry industry, where complaints have been frequent that meat companies have abused growers rights.
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