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Cemetery supply chain Garner DOJ Attention – DTN – AgFax

Containers for liquid fertilizers. Photo: © Debra L Ferguson

As agriculture and other industries continue to struggle with supply chain difficulties, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it is stepping up efforts to monitor companies that “use supply chain failures to engage in collusion.”

The Justice Department announcement came a day after the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Wilsac State agriculture officials at a winter meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in Arlington, Virginia, said the Department of Justice should investigate rising raw material prices such as high costs for seeds or chemicals. (Ch here)

Wilsok was asked what the U.S. Department of Agriculture was doing to address supply chain issues, and he replied, “And then – and I think it’s fair to say I was asked that question, and we’re asking it, the Department of Justice – is all this increase absolutely is it justified? ” he said.

The justice ministry said Thursday it was taking a new initiative to keep companies from taking advantage of supply chain shortcomings by raising consumer prices.

“Transport restrictions, disruptions in routine business operations and difficulties in obtaining raw materials – all this has led to increased production and delivery costs, which in turn has led to rising prices for consumers,” – said in a press release from the Ministry of Justice.

“Supply chain disruptions have been widespread, affecting a variety of industries, from agriculture to healthcare.”

The Justice Department said it “gives priority to any existing investigations if competitors can use supply chain disruptions for illicit profits.”

The Department of Justice has announced the creation of a working group to focus efforts to investigate the “global supply chain conspiracy”, which will include the Competition and Consumer Commission of Australia, the Canadian Competition Bureau, the New Zealand Trade Commission and the Office of Competition and Competitiveness. .

“The working group develops and exchanges intelligence using existing international cooperation tools to detect and combat conspiracy,” the Justice Ministry said in a press release, although it did not provide details on the types of schemes of interest.

The Justice Department said it would investigate and prosecute “criminal antitrust violations, including agreements between individuals and businesses to set prices or wages, falsify trades or distribute markets.”

The Ministry of Justice asks anyone with information on “price fixing, auction fraud, market-sharing agreements or other anti-competitive behavior” to call the Antimonopoly Complaints Citizens’ Complaints Center at 1-888-647-3258 or visit here.

“Temporary supply chain disruptions must not be allowed to cover up illegal behavior,” Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter told the Justice Ministry’s antitrust department in a press release.

“The antitrust department will not allow companies to conspire to overstate consumers under the guise of supply chain disruptions.”

For more information on how supply chain disruptions are currently affecting farmers:

  • “Pesticide shortages and high prices are unlikely to decrease in 2022” here
  • “Bayer warns retailers about failures in glyphosate production,” here
  • “Most fertilizer prices have increased compared to the previous month during the first full week of February 2022,” here

Todd Neely can be contacted at todd.neeley@dtn.com

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