New JBS Violations Highlight Weak Enforcement of Packers & Stockyards Act

Today, Organization for Competitive Markets received information indicating that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be releasing the terms of a settlement agreement with JBS Swift over its gross mishandling of beef carcasses at its Grand Island, Nebraska facility, its largest beef processing plant in the U.S. This unconscionable practice led to probable underpayments to cattle producers in violation of the Packers & Stockyards Act. In a soon to be released press statement, AMS Read More …

USDA Inc.: JBS is the Latest in Scandalous Job Swapping Between Government and Meat Industry

At the Organization for Competitive Markets annual conference in 2004, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was dubbed USDA, Inc. because of the revolving door between the meat industry and USDA. In the research that was released at the conference, Phillip Matara outlined the problems created when meat industry leaders are leading the very agency that is supposed to be safeguarding farmers and consumers from the meat industry’s abusive practices. 15 years later the door is still revolving. Read More …

JBS Hires Former USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety as Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

The revolving door that allows the deck to be stacked against family farm agriculture at every step of the game continues. JBS announced they have hired former U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Alfred Almanza, as their new Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance. Almanza brings 40 years’ knowledge of privileged government information to JBS, giving them a huge competitive advantage to allow them to further consolidate the global industry. According to JBS, “Prior to joining Read More …