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30/03/2017 - 17:21hs

Minister will travel to repair meat industry’s image

Brazil’s minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Blairo Maggi will visit several countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, included.

São Paulo – The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply will hold international missions in an attempt to recover Brazil’s image as a meat exporting country in the wake of the Federal Police’s operation Carne Fraca, a bribery scheme probe involving meat packers and government inspectors.

The government reported this Thursday (30) that minister Blairo Maggi plans to go to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and China in April. Although the two Arab countries haven’t banned imports from Brazil altogether, they did halt purchases from some of the 21 companies under probe – from four of them, in Saudi Arabia’s case, and six in the UAE’s.

Brazil shipped nearly USD 1.3 billion in beef and poultry exports to Saudi Arabia last year, and USD 578 million to the UAE, with poultry making up the bulk of sales. The numbers are from the Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, and they were compiled by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

The Ministry of Agriculture also announced this Thursday that its Agricultural Defense secretary Luis Eduardo Rangel convened with the director of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Santé), Koen Van Dyck, to provide clarifications regarding the case. He was quoted in a ministry statement as saying “sanity control and product quality are being uphold in Brazil.”

Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) informed that Brazil has reaffirmed to its member countries that sanitation procedures in Brazil are safe. A Brazilian delegation told the WTO’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures that its industry regulation is “one of the most frequently and stringently audited in the world.”

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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