Walmart, America’s largest retail grocer, has filed suit against various U.S. poultry companies alleging a conspiracy to inflate chicken prices.
The Humane Society asks attorneys general to investigate allegations the poultry giant misled consumers about how it treats its birds.
Size matters for producers as smaller birds mean bigger profit and fast-food demand for small birds is helping prop up margins.
Egg production totaled 9.41 billion last month, USDA data show.
An eastern Nebraska county is considering a couple’s request to raise hundreds of thousands of chickens for slaughter at a Costco processing plant.
The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has approved setback proposals for new or expanding poultry operations, to the dismay of some eastern Oklahoma residents who say they aren’t enough.
The litigation follows a complaint filed in December with the Federal Trade Commission about its “humane” animal treatment claims.