Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

China slaps ban on Brazilian meat exports over processing 'scandal'

China slaps ban on Brazilian meat exports over processing 'scandal'

He said all countries importing Brazilian meat are welcome to inspect its slaughterhouses.

A poultry-processing plant run by the multinational BRF group and two meat-processing plants operated by the local Peccin company were shut down, the agriculture ministry said.

Brazilian authorities announced Friday an investigation into evidence suggesting that companies including JBS SA and BRF SA, the country's largest meat producers, bribed government officials to approve the sale and export of contaminated meat. Of more than 4700 federal-inspected meat plants, the investigations focussed on just 21.

Three processing plants have been closed in the country that is recognized as the world's largest red meat exporter. "And only six of them have exported in the past 60 days", said Mr Temer.

Common shares in BRF and JBS dropped as much as 10 percent early on Monday, making them the biggest decliners by far on Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index.

Nearly all of the investigations were focussed on just one Brazilian state.

Brazil is the world's largest exporter of beef and other several meat products.

"There are no allegations in the judge's order that JBS or its executive management violated food safety or product quality standards, or engaged in any wrongdoing".

The police investigation of Brazil's meatpacking industry is the latest to cast a spotlight on unsavoury business practices in the country. JBS has been inappropriately connected to this story. The JBS marketing manager is an Egyptian.

"In the IFA policy document on Brexit we have set out very clearly the need for equivalent standards on food safety, animal health, welfare and the environment and the need for the application of the common external tariff for imports to both the European Union and United Kingdom", he said.

"The federal government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product".

Temer ended his address by stating that of the 853,000 shipments of meat exported from Brazil past year, only 184 were considered "noncompliant" by importers - and these referred to problems regarding the labels or certificates and never the product's quality.

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