Published: Thu, March 23, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

South Africa suspends some meat imports from Brazil

South Africa suspends some meat imports from Brazil

While it was indicated to WINN FM on Wednesday that a ban on Brazilian meat and meat products would likely be imposed in the federation by Thursday, up until press time Mar 23, there had been no official word from authorities.

BRF and JBS, the world's biggest meat producers, are among dozens of firms targeted in the police investigation into what would be the biggest scandal to hit Brazil's agricultural sector.

Brazil's agriculture minister said earlier China suspended imports after investigators accused Brazilian inspectors of taking bribes to overlook expired meat and chemicals.

The result has been a stampede away from Brazilian exports.

Brazil is the world's largest exporter of beef and chicken. Both companies have denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement on Wednesday, its Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said that it would block products from the companies implicated in the probe. AML Foods' president and chief executive, Gavin Watchorn, told Tribune Business yesterday: "At this point, we have not been able to obtain any official information on this matter".

Barbados has banned the importation of corned beef and other meat products from Brazil, following in the footsteps of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

"We have no concerns over our product quality - we purchase from reputable local wholesalers, and we import directly from plants that meet or exceed industry quality standards". "We're telling customers who ordered those containers to be patient".

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In the case of beef, Brazil is the top global supplier, having surpassed both the U.S. and Australia to grab the top stop. It can store up to a week or so of meat production, but beyond that limit could have space issues. This week, Tester proposed banning Brazilian beef from the United States for 120 days so the USDA could identify any risk associated with Brazilian beef in the United States.

He said: "There are several things we have to do. Right now in this country, I feel like it's a buyer beware situation".

Meanwhile, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group in the European Parliament called for action over reports alleging that Brazilian companies have been selling unsafe produce including rotten and substandard beef.

High-level government sources said Tuesday that control authorities have launched extensive investigations into a number of ministries involved in overseeing the import of meat from overseas, in particular meat shipments from Brazil.

The accusations involved a minor part of JBS's operations in Brazil, they follow a series of allegations made over the past 14 months. In addition to federal and municipal government inspections in slaughterhouses, the markets with which Brazil has agreements also conduct their own periodic visits and directly inspect their suppliers.

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