Sen. Lee Leads Letter Asking Justice Department to Immediately Investigate Meat Processing Plant Merger
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), five other senators, and six members of the
House of Representatives sent a letter to Justice Department Antitrust
Division Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Wednesday, asking him
to immediately open an investigation into the acquisition of a Mountain
States Rosen (MSR) lamb processing facility in Greeley, CO.
is a cooperative owned by more than 145 American families. Reports tell
us that its Greeley facility is the second largest lamb packaging plant
in the United States, processing approximately 350,000 lambs annually,
over 6,000 per week, with an annual capacity of nearly 800,000. MSR
accounts for about one-fifth of the entire U.S. lamb market,” the letter
“We understand that [the current buyer] is not the first
potential buyer to express interest in the MSR facility. An earlier
interested buyer intended to continue operating MSR’s Greeley facility
and even expand its capacity. However, it appears that after submitting a
winning bid during bankruptcy proceedings, JBS is preparing to
completely shut down all lamb processing at the site. It is our
understanding that JBS intends to permanently destroy all of the lamb
processing equipment as soon as this week,” the letter continues.
urge you to immediately open an investigation into this acquisition and
demand that JBS cease from any irreversible actions that might harm the
ability of American sheep ranchers to get their products to market
until the Department can determine how best to protect competition in
this significant part of America’s food supply,” the letter concludes.
joining Sen. Lee on the letter include: Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), John
Barrasso (R-WY), Mitt Romney (R-UT), John Thune (R-SD), Michael Rounds
Representatives signing the letter include: Reps. Chris
Stewart (R-UT), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Devin Nunes
(R-CA), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), and Liz Cheney (R-WY).
You can read the full copy of the letter here.
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JBS acquires Mountain States Rosen lamb plant: Rancher seeks anti-trust intervention
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