Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) are asking the U.S. Justice Department to take a close look at the proposed merger of Smithfield Foods and Premium Standard Farms.
In a letter he wrote to the department’s antitrust division, Grassley claims the merger would hurt independent producers by increasing
"Over the last several years
The Justice Department could try to block the merger on antitrust grounds or require the companies to sell some of their operations.