Halal supply chain hit by Brazil’s scandal

Reuters reports, ‘Saudi Arabia has stopped beef and poultry imports from four Brazilian companies over concerns about food safety after accusations that individuals had been bribed to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Following a two-year investigation of Brazil’s meatpacking industry, police have accused more than 100 people, mostly health inspectors, of taking bribes for allowing the sale of rancid products, falsifying export documents or failing to inspect meatpacking plants . . . Brazilian beef exports to Saudi Arabia in the first 10 months of 2016 totaled almost 24,000 tonnes, according to a study by Meat and Livestock Australia, a research service.’ [23 March] click here.

The National (UAE) reports [23 March], ‘The UAE has banned imported meat from six Brazilian companies amid a corruption investigation into the South American country’s livestock industry’.