Omnivore - Tyson settles legal battle in the form of poultry donation

Tyson Foods, Inc. will donate 1.7 million pounds of chicken to settle a lawsuit.

A Madison County, Illinois court approved a settlement last Wednesday under which Tyson Foods Inc. – the nation’s largest meat producer – will donate 1.7 million pounds of chicken to Illinois food banks to end a nearly eight-year lawsuit.

The legal issue arose after accusations that the company had inflated the retail weight of poultry by infusing the meat with cold water. The class action suit ran into settlement issues because the people who bought the chicken as early as 2001 do not still have proof of purchase.

Instead, in an out of court settlement, Tyson has agreed to donate the unclaimed funds in the form of chicken to be distributed by Feeding Illinois, the former Illinois Food Bank Association.