Brazil raids food giants for allegedly selling rotten meat

  • Brazil raids food giants for allegedly selling rotten meat

Brazil raids food giants for allegedly selling rotten meat

"The aim of the investigation is not the Brazilian health monitoring system, but a few deviations in conduct by a few officials and a few firms", he said.

Temer's press council immediately sent a note to the newspaper clarifying that "all the meat served on Sunday. were of Brazilian origin".

It added that those companies follow the strictest domestic and global rules and standards for beef, whether that meat is intended for the domestic market or for export markets.

"The government reiterates its trust in the quality of this Brazilian product", Temer 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.

Trying to calm fears that tainted meat may have been exported overseas, Brazil's President Michel Temer met with a group of 33 ambassadors from major meat importing countries that the great majority of Brazil's meats is of excellent quality and that the federal government would be creating a task force to look into those meatpacking plants accused by the federal police.

CHINA has placed a temporary ban on Brazilian meat imports, following dramatic weekend media reports published across the world suggesting a major meat industry scandal is unfolding in Brazil.

The European Commission called on Brazil to immediately halt exports by the four companies implicated in the scandal.

"Agribusiness for us in Brazil is incredibly important and cannot be devalued by a small group, by a minor thing that can be investigated, regulated and punished if needed", Mr Temer told business leaders in Sao Paulo.

The media reports have stemmed from a two-year Brazilian investigation into Federal Government-employed meat inspectors.

JBS said: "The company vehemently repudiates any adoption of practices related to the adulteration of products".

On the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city, the scandal left many consumers in doubt.

About 150 countries buy meat from Brazil, with principal markets as widespread as Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Russia, the Netherlands and Italy. "Should I eat it or just throw it all away?"