US courts are cracking down on the United Potato Growers of America

kerry potatoesUS courts are cracking down on the potato world’s version of OPEC. The United Potato Growers of America — dubbed the “OPEC of Potatoes” by critics — has been accused of inflating prices by planting fewer acres and destroying crops, Bloomberg’s Isaac Arnsdorf reports. And in June a federal judge reportedly approved a $5.5 million settlement from the growers. The case is expected to be finalized later this year. “Despite negotiating a settlement, potato growers steadfastly maintain they did not participate in any illegal activity or wrongdoing,” the group said in a statement, according to Bloomberg. Business Insider report. Bloomberg report