Proposed amendments to the NRA Poultry Code met with little opposition yesterday in a public hearing called by under-secretary of Agriculture Rexford Guy Tug-well at the Hotel New Yorker.
The most important of the amendments provided for weekly publication of poultry prices with a view to price stabilization.
Another amendment provided that poultry will be inspected by the Inspection Service on Live and Dressed Poultry of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics of the Department of Agriculture. Inspection tags will be affixed to each coop of fowl and “the absence of an inspection tag on any coop, crate or basket of poultry … shall be prima facie evidence that such poultry has not been inspected.”
To prevent price-fixing, an amendment was included which read: “No member of the industry shall enter into any agreement understanding, combination or conspiracy to fix or maintain price terms, nor cause or attempt to cause any member of the industry to change his price terms by the use of intimidation, coercion, or any other influence inconsistent with the maintenance of the free and open market which it is the purpose of this section to create.”
Among the speakers yesterday were: Leroy Peterson, Poultry Code administrator; Louis Nizer, counsel to the retail market owners, and J. Sidney Bernstein, counsel to the wholesalers. About 100 persons representing all the factions of the poultry industry attended the hearing.