'Immediate' ban on Brazilian meat, plans to recall corned beef in T&T

The fall-out from Brazil's rotten meat scandal, a probe into which was dubbed "Operation Weak Flesh", has already accelerated, as Jamaica and China have also suspended imports and the European Union has demanded a partial ban on products.

"So while we are cancelling imports of all meat products, the food items being recalled are the corned beef, chicken patties and chicken nuggets made in Brazil".

"As a result of this issue, a team from Grace Foods has planned an urgent trip to Brazil to meet with our suppliers and do further investigations around the concerns raised".

Brazil's president said Tuesday that a scandal over sale of expired meat is an "economic embarrassment" and Hong Kong joined several countries in suspending some meat imports from the South American nation.

This scandal might put restraints on Brazil's plans to serve new markets for beef like South Korea and Mexico after the USA past year allowed imports of fresh meat, head of Brazil meat exporter's association told the media in SaoPaulo. So far, Brazil has not instituted a recall, but instead is pulling samples of products from shelves and sending them for testing.

"According to the Brazilian authorities, 21 establishments are implicated in the inquiry, and four out of these 21 were eligible to export to the European Union, " commission spokesperson Enrico Brivio told this site.

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The actions came after Brazilian police investigation on Friday named BRF, JBS and dozens of smaller rivals in a major investigation of alleged bribery of health inspectors to hide unsanitary conditions in plants.

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the government had suspended exports from 21 meat processing units.

"The Ministers of Agriculture, Trade and Industry and Health have been examining the meat scandal which has unfolded in Brazil".

South Korea in its official release said that a temporary ban placed on the chicken imports from the BRF was lifted as the products that BRF shipped were from plants that were not contaminated.

On Wednesday, Brazil's government appealed to the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) 163 other members not to impose "arbitrary" meat bans. "The [agriculture] ministry has a huge job ahead of it", he said.

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