Brazil minister to meet representatives of meat importers


Chile's Agriculture Minister Carlos Furche confirmed on Twitter that the Chilean Government was imposing a "temporary" ban on meat imports from Brazil.

Meat has been one of Brazil's few thriving industries during its two year recession.

Temer told the ambassadors that the Agriculture Ministry would soon release a list of countries that could have received rotten meat as well as the name of the meatpackers responsible.

Brazil and Argentina account for a huge chunk of the 80% of plant protein imports for feed the European Union is so dependent on.

The Brazilian authorities launched the operation Weak Flesh in six Brazilian States.

The decision is a blow to Brazil, one of the world's largest exporters of meat. In a statement, his office also said it wanted to reiterate that packing plants are open to inspection by nations that buy Brazilian meats.

The Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC) said none of its 29 member companies' beef plants have been named in the adulterated meat products scandal.

This comes amid allegations that several top Brazilian meat processors bribed health inspectors and politicians to get government certificates for their products.

"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.

In a related development, the Ministry of Agriculture, represented by the General Authority for Veterinary Services, made a decision to review all processed meat and poultry shipments imported from Brazil to ensure that health and safety measures have been properly applied.

About 150 countries buy meat from Brazil, with principal markets as widespread as Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Russia, the Netherlands and Italy.

Among those companies under investigations are meat giants JBS and BRF.

European farmers' body, Copa, said the scandal underlined the importance of ensuring that imports of meat from South America met the EU's high safety and traceability standards.

"It is an enormous waste".