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South Africa suspends Brazil meat imports related to scandal

Exports from the 21 companies under investigation suspended.


South Africa is partially suspending imports of Brazilian meat, the latest country to do so in the wake of an inspection scandal.

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South Africa suspends Brazil meat imports related to scandal
Exports from the 21 companies under investigation suspended.

Source: The Associated Press

SAO PAULO — South Africa is partially suspending imports of Brazilian meat, the latest country to do so in the wake of an inspection scandal.

Brazilian investigators charge that health inspectors in the South American country were bribed to overlook the sale of expired meats. Police also allege that the appearance and smell of expired meats was improved by using chemicals and cheaper products like water and manioc flour.

The government has suspended exports from the 21 companies under investigation, but that has not quelled concern abroad.

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement that it would block products from the companies implicated in the probe. Its port inspectors will also test meat from Brazil for pathogens such as salmonella.

The European Union, Chile, China, Japan and Mexico have instituted total or partial bans.

President Michel Temer called Brazil’s scandal over the sale of expired meat an embarrassment, but sought to play down the scandal, calling it a “fuss” and noting that only three of the more than 4,000 meatpacking plants in Brazil had been forced to close.

Police also allege that the appearance and smell of expired meats was improved by using chemicals and cheaper products like water and manioc flour.

Brazil’s trade associations for beef, pork and poultry producers warned that the scandal could have a big effect on employment and the economy because the sector’s exports represent 15% of total exports.

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