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Brazil: JBS accused of violating Amazon rainforest protection laws, company denies accusations

Author: Anthony Boadle, Reuters, Published on: 18 April 2017

“Brazil's JBS accused of violating Amazon rainforest protection laws”

The world's largest meatpacker, Brazil's JBS SA, has for years knowingly bought cattle that were raised on illegally deforested land, turning a blind eye to regulations meant to protect the Amazon rainforest, Brazil's environmental regulator has alleged. The accusation comes even as JBS and other meatpackers in Brazil, the top global exporter of beef, are reeling from a corruption scandal…[T]he environmental agency, IBAMA, ordered the suspension of two JBS meat packing plants and 13 others in southwest Pará state for buying cattle raised on pastures cleared by slashing and burning the forest. It fined the company 24 million reais ($7.7 million). JBS denied purchasing livestock from ranchers on land blacklisted by IBAMA and won an injunction from a federal judge allowing its plants to continue buying cattle. The agency is appealing the ruling…"JBS does not currently purchase and has not purchased any animals from the suppliers on the list of areas embargoed by IBAMA," it said…

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