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12 Jun 2009

Inae Riveras & Christian Wiessner, Reuters

Brazil retailers ban beef from cleared Amazon area

Brazil's top three retail groups [CBD, Wal-Mart, Carrefour] have decided to ban the purchase of beef originating in deforested areas of the Amazon, the country's supermarkets association (Abras) said on Friday…The decision…came after environmental group Greenpeace published a report showing that the beef industry is the largest single driver of Amazon deforestation…[the companies] will [also] demand documents from slaughterhouses related to the transit of the cattle…[and] intend to conduct an independent audit to assure that meat that they buy is not from deforested areas.