Note on correction: the headline has been corrected. Four of nine plants tested positive.
Researchers have estimated the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in beef from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, which is the largest producer and exporter of beef in the country.

From 50 samples analyzed, Listeria spp. was
Continue Reading Study finds 4 of 13 beef plants sampled in Brazil were contaminated with Listeria

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
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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.

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Continue Reading Batista bribery saga may end with reorganization of JBS assets

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

brazilfederalpolice_406x250None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once
Continue Reading USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal