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Brazil meat scandal deepens with European Union barring some imports

Brazil meat scandal deepens with European Union barring some imports

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.

Sources close to the Brazilian industry told Beef Central that police had visited processing plants to gain access to meat inspectors' computers, phones and records.

Brazil is one of the world's largest meat exporters and in 2016 generated $13.9bn in global meat trade, according to World Trade Stats.

Some of the meat ended up in lunches at public schools, police said at a press conference in Curitiba, Brazil.

The police investigation of Brazil's meatpacking industry is the latest to cast a spotlight on unsavoury business practices in the country.

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

Two of the country's largest meatpackers JBS and BRF are among those being investigated.

South Korea's agriculture ministry said in a statement that it would tighten inspections of imported Brazilian chicken meat and temporarily bar sales of chicken products by BRF.

Authorities say the companies used chemicals to improve the appearance and smell of expired meats.

"We have sent a letter to the EU Commission calling for our safety standards to be met and for Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela) to ensure the individual traceability of cattle", said secretary general Pekka Personen.

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President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting Sunday with ambassadors of several countries.

"My freezer at home is full of meat, and I don't know what to do", said Maria Fonseca, a saleswoman.

A few hours later, agriculture minister Blairo Maggi said that China had suspended the unloading of Brazilian meats in Chinese ports.

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

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