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Brazil temporarily suspends BRF’s poultry exports to EU

FBR Staff Writer Published 19 March 2018

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Supply, and Livestock (MAPA) has temporarily suspended the production and sanitary certification of BRF’s poultry exports to the European Union (EU).

The decision comes amid the EU’s plans of banning meat imports from Brazil following a meat scandal in the South American country.

BRF has been under the scanner after it was accused of indulging in fraudulent measures to avoid food safety checks.

MAPA is likely to resolve the temporary ban on export of chicken products in a month or so, reported Reuters, citing Brazil’s food safety service head Luiz Eduardo Rangel.

The suspension on exports imposed by MAPA will impact operations at 10 out of its 35 plants in Brazil, said BRF.  

The Brazilian meat company said that all poultry export products under the suspension are already available in the EU. It also said that the products produced and shipped out before 16 March 2018 are allowed to be sold and can be consumed without any restriction.

BRF revealed that it has to attend a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, for MAPA to present all technical clarifications to the EU sanitary authorities. Upon completion of the meeting, the measures to be taken will be reassessed, said the Brazilian meat firm.

In a statement BRF said: “The Company reiterates that it has been keeping close interactions with local and international authorities, furnishing all necessary explanations that aims to certify the quality and safety of its products and preserve the commercial relationship with its clients and consumers.”

Earlier in the month, Brazilian police arrested an ex-CEO of BRF Pedro Faria on charges that he and other executives were aware that the company had taken fraudulent steps to avoid food safety checks.

Known as “Operation Weak Flesh”, the investigation by the Brazilian federal police is looking into allegations of bribes taken by meat inspectors from BRF and other meat companies across the country.

The meat inspectors have been charged of turning a blind eye on certain companies, which are accused of selling rotten meat in Brazil and overseas markets after treating them with chemicals.

Image: MAPA has temporarily suspended BRF’s poultry exports to EU. Photo: courtesy of J.Chaikom/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.