Tyson Foods accused of false advertising, FTC urged to investigate

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Workers at Tyson Foods facility in Rogers, Arkansas Source: Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods could face an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after two national advocacy groups accused the company of false advertising.

On Thursday, the Richman Law Group on behalf of Food and Water Watch, a food advocacy group, and Venceremos, a poultry worker’s rights organization, sent a letter of complaint with the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Advertising Practices.

Tyson Foods allegedly misrepresenting its labor practices

In the complaint, the advocacy groups alleged that Tyson Foods is “egregiously misleading consumers” by making false representations about its labor practices involving the production of its chicken products.

The advocacy groups told the FTC that Tyson Foods is falsely claiming that its “treatment of farmers and other workers involved in the production of Tyson Products is materially superior to standard industry practices.”

Additionally, the advocacy groups disputed the company’s claims that “independent family farms” raised its chickens and workers processed them in a safe environment from injuries, toxins, and other dangerous conditions.