Brazil meat scandal deepens with European Union barring some imports

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Fallout from a corruption scandal in Brazil's massive meat industry spread on Monday, with China and South Korea suspending some imports and the European Union mulling action, hitting shares of the world biggest poultry producer BRF SA.

President Temer sat down on Sunday night with a host of ambassadors to enjoy a churrascaria, serving prime cuts of beef on giant skewers, in the capital Brasilia.

Temer had been scheduled to speak by phone on Saturday with US President Donald Trump, though their agenda was unclear.

His calls for a ban were echoed by John Comer, president of the Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), the revelations should prompt an immediate ban on Brazilian beef and poultry imports into the European Union until some degree of trust and confidence can be restored.

Three processing plants have been closed in the country that is recognized as the world's largest red meat exporter.

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"The Federal Police has initiated an investigation, this investigation will continue".

JBS took out a full-page ad in the newspaper O Globo to say that the federal office conducting the investigation had made no mention of health problems stemming from JBS products. "What we have are containers there that can't leave the port to local markets". "That it is in good condition", she told AFP. Pictures with pieces of cardboard on meat skewers, as well as versions of JBS ads with irony-filled subtitles flooded Twitter - including responses to the company's own post about food safety.

Adding that he believes that beef is the only meat affected by the Brazilian scandal, Mr Chung said consumers here should not worry since the quantity of beef consumed in Singapore is small, compared to other meats.

Eumar Novacki, executive secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, acknowledged such concerns but insisted that the irregularities found so far constituted an "isolated fact" involving "the behavior of a minority". Also in 2016, BRF launched a new line of low-sodium, animal welfare-certified food branded by United Kingdom celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. "We have 4,837 units subject to inspection in the country".

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