Tyson Settles Suit; Promises to Kill Several Hundred Thousand Birds

May 28, 2009

It’s been a long time since a meat industry story pissed me off so much.

Tyson Foods has been facing a lawsuit claiming that, between 1997 and 2003, the company bilked consumers by using a process that caused chicken flesh to soak up water. Today, the company agreed to settle the lawsuit — but it’s the chickens who will pay the price. The company will donate 1.7 million pounds of chicken to Illinois food banks, plus they’ll give the plaintiff’s lawyers $750,000.

I’m betting Tyson will get to write off the settlement as a charitable donation. Shame on Associate Judge Ralph Mendelsohn for approving this farce of a settlement. (Thanks, Bea.) Link.

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