SECOND LOOK ORDERED AT MEAT PACKING FIELD

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- A second review has been ordered on the heels of a $500,000 study in which a U.S. Department of Agriculture consultant was unable to conclude whether concentration of ownership in the meat packing industry is keeping meat prices artificially low.The study, mandated by Congress, examined one year of business within the meat packing industry, which continues to show market share

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- A second review has been ordered on the heels of a $500,000 study in which a U.S. Department of Agriculture consultant was unable to conclude whether concentration of ownership in the meat packing industry is keeping meat prices artificially low.

The study, mandated by Congress, examined one year of business within the meat packing industry, which continues to show market share growth among a small number of packers.

The four largest packers accounted for 8

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