The EU has finalised its move to ban 12 BRF production facilities in Brazil from exporting to the bloc.

The measure, which only applies to facilities in Brazil that are licensed to export to the EU, will take effect on Wednesday. Other plants based overseas that export to the bloc are not affected, BRF said in a statement late yesterday (14 May).

In April, the European Commission announced it would ban meat imports from 20 Brazilian plants, 12 of which were owned by BRF and the others by smaller firms because of what it said were “deficiencies detected in the Brazilian official control system”.

The action taken by the EU followed last year’s so-called Carne Fraca or ”weak-flesh” probe into alleged bribes paid by company officials in Brazil’s meat industry to government inspectors to overlook unsanitary conditions and practises. 

BRF said it will continue with its ongoing studies and evaluations over production planning “in order to pursue the best alternatives to rebalance its products supply” based on current demand.

However, the company added: “BRF strongly disagrees with the European Commission’s decision. The decision appears to be motivated by protection of the local market, rather than health and quality issues, as recently certified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply (MAPA).”

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