S Africa suspends Brazil meat imports related to scandal

Brazil is the largest supplier of chicken to Qatar according to market sources.

JD.com, one of China's biggest online retailers, said in an e-mailed statement it had also removed all listings for imported Brazilian meat and is reviewing orders in process.

Mr. Maggi told a Senate Committee that the main concern was with the China and Hong Kong not having taken a definitive stand on their bans of meat from Brazil, the world's biggest producer of beef and poultry.

"We hope that the Brazilian side will conduct a thorough investigation of the case.and take more stringent measures to ensure safe and reliable food exports to China".

The European Union, which buys nearly $650 million in Brazilian beef and poultry, has blocked imports from the 21 businesses being investigated in Brazil.

Based on reports from the Department of Agriculture, St. Kitts does import poultry and pork products from particular areas of Brazil.

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Japan's embassy in Brazil said on Tuesday the country has suspended imports of poultry and other products coming from the 21 Brazilian meat processing plants cited in an ongoing police investigation.

WINN FM understands the Veterinary Office will be launching an immediate assessment to determine the origin of the tinned corned beef sold in the federation, and if any made from Brazilian meat are already on supermarket shelves.

The revelation on Friday of a two-year police probe into alleged bribery of health inspectors to certify tainted food as fit for consumption has struck at the heart of the world's leading exporter of beef and chicken.

Mr Zhang Lian has 270 tonnes of frozen Brazilian beef on a ship steaming towards Shanghai that he may not be able to get through Customs when the vessel arrives next month.

In Trinidad, the Ministry of Agriculture also issued instructions for a recall of the potentially tainted products.

Hong Kong, the second-biggest buyer of Brazilian meat previous year, has also issued a ban on imports, following similar steps by Japan, Canada, Mexico and Switzerland. The consumer protection lobby Idec is calling for a general recall and more information about which meat might be affected.

  • Rita Burton