IFA calls for immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports

IFA calls for immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports”

It said Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi will hold a videoconference late Monday with Chinese authorities to offer "clarifications".

Police said among those arrested were two JBS employees and three BRF employees.

In an unusual move on a Sunday, Temer welcomed about 20 ambassadors from among the 150 nations that import Brazilian meat to Planalto Palace in response to doubts raised after it was revealed that certain companies were adulterating spoiled meat to hide the odor, then selling it both in the local market and to foreign buyers, Efe news reported.

Brazil's president has played down a corruption scandal that's tarnished its valuable meat industry.

TODAY has reached out to AVA, other major supermarket chains as well as meat importers for comments.

"We have sent a letter to the EU Commission calling for our safety standards to be met and for Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela) to ensure the individual traceability of cattle", said secretary general Pekka Personen.

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Police on Friday named BRF SA (BRFS3.SA) and JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), along with dozens of smaller rivals, in a two-year probe into how meatpackers allegedly paid off inspectors and politicians to overlook practices including processing rotten meat and shipping exports with traces of salmonella.

Brazilian meat is exported to more than 150 countries, with principal markets also including Japan, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

The Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC) said none of its 29 member companies' beef plants have been named in the adulterated meat products scandal.

The EU "will guarantee that any of the establishments involved in the fraud will be suspended", said Mr Brivio, who did not cite companies by name or say how long the ban will last.

One of the country's largest meat processors, BRF, said it was cooperating with the police investigation and stressed that it followed high sanitary and food safety controls. The company said a JBS veterinarian employed at the Lapa factory in Paraná has been served with a "judicial measure".

The scandal also broke just days before the start of negotiations to seek a free-trade accord between the European Union and several South American countries including Brazil.

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