MEAT: Profits & Sin

With a whoop and a holler, the packing industry last week launched an all-out attack on the Office of Price Administration's price ceilings. Up before the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, which is probing the meat shortage, stepped dapper, sandy-haired Wilbur Laroe, spokesman for the 700 companies in the National Independent Meat Packers Association. Said Mr. Laroe: the OPA is largely to blame for the meat shortage because it has followed a "social philosophy which regards profits as a sin."

As a result, he said, packers are now squeezed so tightly between high...

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