The underlying case was brought in September 2016 by Maplevale Farms, a New York food service distributor.
According to his complaint, Maplevale claims that 28 chicken companies "conspired and combined to fix, raise, maintain and stabilize the price of broilers," the main type of chickens raised for production in the United States. Maplevale claims that the chicken producers coordinated production and limited chicken production with the aim of increasing prices.
Sanderson said it" continues to believe civil prosecutors' claim that Sanderson Farms is wholly unprofitable and we are committed "Pilgrim's pride said it" strongly denies any competition contest [and] rejoices in the ability to defend against these claims through the legal process. "
commented. Perdue refused to comment.
– CNN Business & # 39; Danielle Wiener-Bronner contributed to this report.