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Brazil vows to contest EU’s punitive poultry ban with WTO

The European Union is punishing Brazil for alleged deficiencies in the country’s control system by banning imports from 12 BRF S.A. poultry plants. Brazil is the world’s second-largest poultry producer, and its Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi promises to take the EU to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Dispute Settlement Body. He says the EU is… Continue Reading

Is broken Brazil responsible for sickened South Africa?

Is there a link between the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa and Brazil’s broken and scandal-plagued meat and poultry industries? And could that link be something called “white slime?” Before there were any answers to these questions or others, South African’s health minister promised the Parliament that the government would provide “all the… Continue Reading

U.S. audit finds food safety problems continue for Brazil’s meat

The first U.S. audit of Brazil’s food safety system since Operation Weak Flesh exposed corruption in the South American nation’s meat industry fell short of being clean. In transmitting the audit on Nov. 9, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) told Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) that more work needs… Continue Reading

Batista bribery saga may end with reorganization of JBS assets

As chief operating officer of JBS SA, Gilberto Tomazoni is second only to 84-year old founder Jose Batista Sobrinho at the world’s largest meatpacking company. The patriarch of the billionaire dynasty returned to JBS after Brazilian police jailed his sons Wesley and Joesley Batista for insider trading. The embattled JBS Board named Tomazoni as COO,… Continue Reading

JBS taps Almanza to lead its food safety program worldwide

The mega-meat company JBS, racked recently by involvement in Brazil’s development bank and inspection bribery scandals that cost its top shareholders billions, is turning to a freshly retired U.S. food safety official to regain public confidence. Alfred “Al” Almanza, who Monday retired as USDA’s top food safety official, has moved over to the private sector as global head of… Continue Reading

U.S. stops imports of Brazilian beef for food safety concerns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended imports of all fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring food safety problems documented since March, when the agency began inspecting 100 percent of all meat from the South American country. During his confirmation hearing 12 weeks ago, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he thought an embargo against… Continue Reading

U.S. cattlemen see opportunity to reopen JBS anti-trust issue

Some U.S. cattle ranchers are seeing an opportunity in the way JBS Corp. has gotten itself tied up in Brazil’s political scandal. JBS USA is the wholly owned subsdiary of JBS S.A., the Brazilian corporation that is the world’s largest fresh beef and pork processor with sales of $52.3 billion in 2016, The cattlemen are… Continue Reading

Batistas agree to pay largest ‘leniency fine’ in Brazil’s history

Beef bribery scandal reached highest elected officials in Brazilian government

Beef brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista appear to be surviving the scandal that may bring down Brazilian President Michel Temer.  Shareholder challenges and reviews by U.S. regulators could still be ahead for the meatpackers in the near future. However, their J&F Investments, the largest shareholder of worldwide meatpacker JBS SA, has agreed to pay a $3.2 billion… Continue Reading