Authorities assessing whether Brazilian rotten meat reached Denmark

Lucy Hill
March 21, 2017

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.

Dozens of meat processors officers were searched by Brazilian federal police last Friday, including pork and poultry processors JBS S.A. and BRF S.A.

Brazil, the world's largest exporter of red meat, has sought to reassure trading partners that the corruption scandal engulfing its meat industry does not mean that exported products were unsafe for human consumption.

Meat has been one of Brazil's few thriving industries during its two year recession. Much of the meat produced by these companies is exported to Europe and other parts of the world. Maggi told ambassadors that the Brazilian agricultural production is an extensive chain that employs more than 6 million people in the country and that Brazil has over 4,800 meat packing plants. The Brazilian authorities launched the operation Weak Flesh in six Brazilian States.

Brazilian meat is shipped to 150 nations; sales a year ago reached $5.9 billion (5.48 billion euros) in poultry and $4.3 billion in beef, according to government data.

The Brazilian authorities suspended 33 government officials from work in a wide-scale crackdown on charges of selling rotten processed meat and poultry.

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But the two companies at the centre of the scandal have denied the allegations.

The developments represent a major blow to Brazil, one of the world's largest exporters of meat, which is struggling to emerge from its worst recession in decades.

"But it can not compromise the entire system that we have created through the years".

President Michel Temer told the diplomats that Brazil's "government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product".

Speaking to reporters in Brussels, European Union spokesman Enrico Brivio said the Brazilian companies involved in alleged bribery would be temporarily barred from shipping meat to the EU.

Mr Temer set up the meeting with ambassadors following inquiries from the European Union and China over the scandal. "Should I eat it or just throw it all away?"

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