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Brazil: Authorities investigate meat companies accused of selling tainted meat, including to schools, within corruption scheme; it includes companies comments

Author: Simon Romero, The New York Times, Published on: 21 March 2017

“Brazil’s Largest Food Companies Raided in Tainted Meat Scandal”, 17 March 2017

...Federal agents raided the operations of Brazil’s largest food companies on...[17 March]...over accusations that their employees oversaw a scheme that included bribing inspectors to allow rotten meals to be served in public schools and salmonella-contaminated meat to be exported to Europe...[E]mployees at two food-processing giants, JBS and BRF, paid federal inspectors to ignore the adulteration or expiration of processed foods. Inspectors also falsified sanitary permits, and bribes were channeled to the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party of President Michel Temer...Companies caught up in the investigation, which also includes smaller meatpacking businesses, were accused of delivering cash bribes in plastic containers alongside prized cuts of beef like picanha, or sirloin cap...[P]ractices...[included]...adulterating expired meats with a type of acid that investigators said has been linked to cancer...“Children in the public schools of Paraná are eating meals made of expired, spoiled meat or even carcinogens in order to bolster the interests of this powerful criminal organization,”...[said]...Maurício Moscardi Grillo, a federal investigator...BRF said...it was cooperating with the authorities and insisted that its products posed “no risk” to consumers. JBS said that its headquarters in São Paulo were not targeted in the raids, and that it “vehemently repudiates” the adulteration of its products. Brazil’s ministry of agriculture said that more than 30 of its employees were removed from their posts as a result of the investigation...

[Refers to Pilgrim’s Pride]

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Related companies: Pilgrim's (part of JBS)