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The Brazilian Meat Scandal

For Background, read: A Brazilian meat scandal damages the country’s two global producers (São Paulo, The Economist)

EVEN amid Brazil’s pungent stew of recent big corporate scandals, the latest is particularly stomach-turning. On Friday March 17th, in time for a traditional weekend churrasco, or barbecue, the federal police accused some of the country’s biggest meat producers of bribing health inspectors to turn a blind eye to grubby practices. These include repackaging beef past its sell-by date, making turkey ham out of soyabeans rather than actual birds and overuse of potentially harmful additives. The police operation, dubbed Weak Flesh, could reduce Brazil’s meat exports, worth $13bn a year, and damage its two big global meat producers, JBS and BRF.

Two days later the president, Michel Temer, treated 27 diplomats from the country’s main export markets to prime Brazilian cuts at a steakhouse (pictured [by AP]) in the capital, Brasília. Nevertheless, straight after that China, the European Union, Chile and South Korea, which together consume a third of Brazilian meat sold abroad, said they would ban some or all imports from Brazil until it can allay misgivings about its inspection regime. The reactions from China and Chile provoked particular anguish. Unlike the EU, which has restricted products only from the 21 plants that are under investigation, they have barred all Brazilian meat from crossing their borders until further notice.

Phil discusses Brazil's new meat scandal's impact on the country's economy: 

Brazil's push to root out corruption is considered short-term pain for long-term gain. For more on new meat scandal's impact on Brazil's economy, CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Phil Davis, publisher of PhilStockWorld.com.

 

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