Tyson Bribes Inspectors

The poultry giant will pay more than $5 million for bribing inspectors at a Mexican subsidiary.

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Federal prosecutors have filed a complaint against Tyson Foods for bribery. According to the filings, from 2004 to 2006, Tyson de Mexico, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, bribed two Mexican-state inspectors with more than $100,000 to ensure the plant’s chicken met health and safety laws. “As a result of the payments, Tyson Foods realized net profits of more than $880,000 from export sales from its Tyson de Mexico facilities in fiscal years 2004, 2005, and 2006,” according to the complaint. In 2009, Tyson slaughtered an average of 41.4 million chickens per week.

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