Processing Magazine

Tyson spent $481,528 lobbying in first quarter

May 12, 2008
According to the Associated Press, Tyson Foods Inc., the world''s largest meat producer, spent $481,528 in the first quarter to lobby on agricultural, trade, immigration, tax and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

The Springdale, Ark.-based company lobbied Congress and the Agriculture Department in the January-to-March period on the five-year, $300 billion farm bill that has been the subject of intense deliberation in recent months. The measure includes a requirement that meats and other fresh foods be labeled with their country of origin.

Tyson also lobbied the Agriculture Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the issue of access for U.S. beef to markets in China, Japan and South Korea, and specifically for Tyson beef to Mexican markets.

Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches, under a federal law enacted in 1995.