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Beef Shortage / Butz, Beef Spns./ New York City #471880

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 01, 1973
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(Studio) Beef industry spns. pressure Nixon administration to lift beef freeze. Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz listens to complaints.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Cattlemen say beef to disappear completely without relief from controls before September 12. [President American Meat Institute Herrell DEGRAFF - thinks Butz was attentive to industry's gripes.] [BUTZ - says no recommendation made to lift freeze.] [REPORTER - asks if Butz would lift freeze if he could personally.] [BUTZ - states he would never have started freeze, but if decision had to be made, he would lift freeze before September 12.]
REPORTER: Gordon Graham

(Studio) Meat industry spns. say they can't pay ranchers for cattle. Beef plants work at 50% capacity now. Shortage serious in NYC.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(New York, New York) Most wholesale meat dealers have no meat. [REPORTER - asks if black market for beef exists.] [Whsler. Bert POSESS - says for a price meat can be bought. With administration's ceiling on beef, it's impossible for whslers. to do legit. business and make honest profit.] Many distributors say they pay fake bills showing more or better meat than actually recd. Under the counter deals not uncommon. Retail mkts. must make some profit to stay in business Many retailers mark up meat according to amount paid for beef. Action violates Phase IV.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Graham, Gordon;
Hager, Robert
Duration:
00:03:30

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