Tyson Chicken Settles Class-Action Suit, Will Pay $4.4 Million To Consumers

If you bought Tyson chicken from 2007 to 2009, you may want to start keeping tabs on the new settlement being considered by Tyson to settle the class-action suit against it. The agreement was filed earlier this week, and a review is scheduled for tomorrow. If approved, approximately $4.4 million will supposedly be available to disburse to consumers.

At issue is the marketing phrase “raised without harmful antibiotics,” which Tyson printed on its packages for a while. Two other companies said that it was false advertising, because Tyson does in fact use an industry-accepted antibiotic on its chickens; it just happens to be that the one Tyson uses isn’t considered harmful to humans, hence the carefully worded–and arguably misleading–phrasing.

“Tyson settles consumer class-action suit for $5M” [PoultryMed]