Embassy: Brazil meat in Malaysia free from rotten meat scandal

The European Union's spokesman in Brazil says the union is temporarily halting some imports of Brazilian meat amid an inv

France and other European countries are wary about opening up the EU meat market to countries in the South American Mercosur bloc, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Other Brazilian meat factories not placed under surveillance by government authorities are still able to export meat to Europe.

Yet the USDA stopped short of announcing an outright plan on Brazilian meat exports as China, the European Union and others have already done.

The DEH on Tuesday requested that all importers, wholesalers, and retailers who have corned beef products originating from Brazil to withdraw the product from sale as a precautionary measure until further notice.

Brazilian multinationals caught up in the growing scandal have insisted that their products were safe, but the scandal has sparked growing public fears.

Kirk Market also released a statement on the recall, saying it had received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, but was removing the items out of an abundance of caution.

The Brazilian government has since shut down three major plants and suspended the export licenses for 21 meat packing plants as well.


Hong Kong, the second-largest importer of Brazilian meat in 2016, has followed China's lead and has temporarily banned imports of meat from the South American country, according to reports from global news agency Reuters.

"At face value, the developing scandal over Brazil's meat exports could plausibly derail the country's economic recovery", says Shearing.

Lins said that only 33 out of 11,000 employees (including inspectors) at the Agriculture Ministry were being investigated. Both companies have denied any wrongdoing. All four facilities are being investigated by Brazil's federal authorities in the Weak Flesh Probe, according to a list posted on Brazil's Agriculture Ministry website.

The company said "the health and safety of consumers remain of primary importance to us".

Hong Kong is the biggest market for Brazilian beef, importing $718 million worth in 2016, according to Brazilian government figures.

"This is clearly a setback in the government's effort to turn Brazil around", said Mr Oliver Stuenkel, a professor of worldwide relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in So Paulo.

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