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(Rotten Brazilian beef) President Temer claims scandal 'a small thing'

Business | Mar 21, 2017 11:48
On Friday, police issued 38 arrest warrants involving the giant meatpackers JBS and BRF. Both companies have denied wrongdoing. 
To improve the appearance and smell of expired meats, the companies used chemicals and cheaper products like water and manioc flour, according to investigators. Three plants have been shut down. 
Brazilian President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting Sunday with ambassadors of several countries. He assured them that national meats were safe and invited them to a Brazilian-style barbeque. 
Temer again sought to calm nerves, yesterday, saying that Brazil meat industry should not be judged by this one investigation. 
"The agro business for us in Brazil is very important and it should not be marred by a small nucleus [of bad actors], a small thing,'' he said, speaking to the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo. 
Sanitation officials were also out in force. 
Marcia Rolim, head of Rio de Janeiro's municipal sanitary inspections, said routine investigations were being intensified in light of the investigation. Investigators collected several carts of meats for analysis. Some of the packages from at least one supermarket appeared to be rotten, with a greenish color.-AP


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