Chicken industry executives indicted for price-fixing

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CHARLESTON, WV (AP/WOWK)     A federal grand jury has indicted four current and former chicken company executives for price-fixing.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the executives from Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Georgia-based Claxton Poultry conspired to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens from at least 2012 to 2017.

The executives are the first to be charged in a long-running investigation of price-fixing in the chicken industry. The executives could face 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. 

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has a processing plant located in Moorefield, WV.

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