Packers' Agreement

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PACKERS' AGREEMENT. The federal government's investigation into the meatpacking industry begun in 1917 resulted in the exposure of monopoly and a variety of unfair practices within the industry. Public opinion forced the larger packers in 1920 to agree voluntarily with the government to sell all holdings in public stock-yards, stockyard railroads, cold storage warehouses, and terminals; dispose of their interests in all market newspapers; give up the selling of all products unrelated to the meat industry; abandon the use of all transportation facilities for the carrying of any but their own products; and submit to a federal injunction forbidding monopoly.


Colver, William B. "Federal Trade Commission and the Meat Packing Industry." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1919.

Ernest S.Osgood/c. w.

See alsoAntitrust Laws ; Meatpacking ; Monopoly .