Where’s the Beef? Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Asks U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Antitrust Concerns Relating to Meatpackers

  • A bipartisan group of 11 AGs, led by North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem, Colorado AG Philip Weiser, Missouri AG Eric Schmitt, and Montana AG Tim Fox, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr requesting an investigation into the market conditions and potential anticompetitive practices in the meatpacking industry.
  • The letter notes that antitrust concerns are a long-standing issue in the industry, predating the COVID-19 pandemic, and that currently only four companies account for 80% of the nationwide market.
  • The letter argues that the DOJ is best placed to conduct this investigation because this is a nationwide issue and urges AG Barr to consider regulatory strategies that would promote competition even if a DOJ investigation does not find that enforcement action is warranted.