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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

Updated: OSI was last meeting on Almanza’s FSIS calendar

The USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service Friday amended its Officials’ Calendar of Meetings for July 2017, showing Kenneth Petersen of the OSI Group as the last party outside the federal government to meet with Al Almanza before he retired. The Almanza-Petersen meeting was on July 19. Petersen is senior vice president of Quality Assurance, Food… 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

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

Presidential bribes likely to slow JBS USA’s independence day

When Federal Police in Brazil moved on several meatpacking plants on March 17, where meat inspectors were suspected of being on the take, no one could have predicted the probe would shortly be felt as far away as Northern Colorado and other North American locations with JBS USA facilities. But that’s where it’s landed, after two… Continue Reading

Brazil’s meat scandal expands while international market reaction is mixed

The investigation by Federal Police in Brazil has led to the suspension of three more processing plants this week over the alleged corruption in meat industry. That raises the number of closed meat processing plants to six out of 21 being targeted by Federal Police and health authorities. The other 15 plants are not allowed… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Deciding to Walk the Transparency Talk

Opinion

Back from my trip to south Georgia, there was a pile of Greeley Tribunes to catch up with. Usually that doesn’t take long, but to my surprise, JBS USA, which is headquartered on the west edge of our city and which owns the historic Greeley beef plant, is doing some straight talking with our local… Continue Reading