Thursday 20 September, 2018

China resumes importation of meat from Brazil

The halt followed a scandal in which health inspectors allegedly were bribed to overlook expired and rotten meats, Agriculture Minister Blair Maggi announced on Saturday.

The action came after Brazilian officials offered a clarification of the quality inspection process followed by Brazilian meatpackers.

China is a major importer of Brazilian meat. Last year it imported more than 735,000 tons worth US$1.75 billion.

Egypt and Chile have also resumed their imports of Brazilian meat the agriculture ministry said.

Both China and Chile said imports from 21 processing plants being investigated by Brazil's federal police remained banned.

The government has tried to downplay the extent of the corruption, saying that only a handful of 4000 plants were involved.

China resumes its imports of Brazilian meat

 
 

SAO PAULO (AP) — China has resumed imports of Brazilian meat products just days after the Asian nation suspended those imports due to a scandal in which health inspectors allegedly were bribed to overlook expired and rotten meats, Agriculture Minister Blair Maggi announced on Saturday.

The action came after Brazilian officials offered a clarification of the quality inspection process followed by Brazilian meatpackers.

China is a major importer of Brazilian meat. Last year it imported more than 735,000 tons worth $1.75 billion.

Egypt and Chile have also resumed their imports of Brazilian meat the agriculture ministry said.

Both China and Chile said imports from 21 processing plants being investigated by Brazil's federal police remained banned.

The government has tried to downplay the extent of the corruption, saying that only a handful of 4,000 plants were involved.