Saudi Arabia halts Brazilian beef and poultry imports over food safety fears

Saudi Arabia halts Brazilian beef and poultry imports over food safety fears


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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has stopped beef and poultry imports from 4 Brazilian corporations over considerations about meals security after accusations that people had been bribed to permit gross sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.

Following a two-year investigation of Brazil's meatpacking business, police have accused greater than 100 individuals, principally well being inspectors, of taking bribes for permitting the sale of rancid merchandise, falsifying export paperwork or failing to examine meatpacking crops.

"This measure was taken within the curiosity of residents' and residents' security," a press release from the Saudi Meals and Drug Authority, carried by Saudi Arabia's official information company SPA late on Wednesday, stated of the halt to imports.

It listed the affected corporations as JJZ Alimentos SA, Frango Dm Industria e Comercio de Alimentos Ltda, Seara Alimentos, a subsidiary of JBS, the world's largest meatpacking firm, and BRF SA, the world's largest poultry exporter.

The businesses have denied any wrongdoing and authorities have stated that no instances of demise or sickness have been linked to the contaminated meat investigation.

Brazilian beef exports to Saudi Arabia within the first 10 months of 2016 totaled virtually 24,000 tonnes, in line with a research by Meat and Livestock Australia, a analysis service.