Brazil's meat industry embroiled in scandal
Brazilian police allege large meat processing companies of paying politicians and inspectors from Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture to overlook unsanitary practices.
Brazil has lifted an export ban on three meat plants under investigation as part of the country's federal probe into alleged corruption.
JBS is to temporarily reduce the number of workers at ten plants in Brazil to adjust to a decline in domestic beef sales in the wake of the fraud allegations that have hit the sector.
Food safety chiefs in Hong Kong is to limit an import ban on frozen and chilled meat and poultry from Brazil to the 21 plants under police investigation over allegations of corruption in the country's meat sector.
JBS, one of the Brazil-based meat processors at the centre of corruption allegations, has refused to be drawn on a report it is considering suspending the flotation of its overseas operations.
China, one of the Brazilian meat industry major international customers, was among a number of countries to either fully or ease bans on the country's imports that were introduced in the wake of the corruption allegations that have swirled around the sector.
Brazil, facing an increasing number of countries putting restrictions on its meat exports, has attempted to emphasise its probe into alleged corruption in the country's meat industry is focusing on specific incidents and to talk up the quality of production.
Canada, Switzerland and Japan are among the latest markets to have issued restrictions on meat imports from Brazil as the fall-out from the Latin American country’s investigation into its meatpacking sector continues.
South Korea today (21 March) lifted an import ban on chicken from BRF, one of the Brazilian meat exporters at the centre of allegations involving meatpackers paying off inspectors to overlook practices including processing rotten meat.
The EU has suspended meat imports from four Brazilian exporters in the wake of the corruption allegations that have shaken the Latin American meat industry.
China has suspended imports of all meat products from Brazil in the wake of the allegations of the corruption within the Latin American country's meat sector.
BRF, one of the Brazil-based companies at the centre of bribery allegations rocking the country's meat sector, today (20 March) revealed operations have been suspended at one of its plants.
Brazil-based meat giants JBS and BRF are at the centre of the country's biggest-ever food-related police investigation, which is looking into allegations of bribery involving agricultural inspectors.
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