Hogan demands Brazilian firms linked to rotten meat scandal are 'immediately delisted'
The EU has demanded that all Brazilian meat plants implicated in the rotten meat scandal are "immediately delisted".
Speaking to FarmIreland.ie, Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan: "We have asked Brazil to remove establishments implicated in the scandal immediately from the EU-approved list.”
“In fact, the EU asked Brazil to suspend certification of these establishments pending delisting. Following these contacts, Brazil has suspended all exports from all establishments involved in the scandal".
The EU and China have curtailed meat imports from Brazil after a police anti-corruption probe accused inspectors of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.
The goverment in the world's biggest exporter of beef and poultry criticised the probe as "alarmist".
As the scandal deepened, Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the government had suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units. But he also criticised the investigation by Brazil's Federal Police into meatpacking companies, calling their findings "alarmist" and saying they used a few isolated incidents to tarnish an entire industry that maintains rigorous standards.
An all-out ban on Brazilian meat exports would be a "disaster," Maggi added. "I pray, I hope, I work so that does not happen," he said, speaking to reporters outside his office in Brasilia. With other import curbs expected to follow, the scandal stemming from a police operation codenamed 'Weak Flesh' could deal a heavy blow to one of the few sectors of Latin America's largest economy that has thrived during a two-year recession.
Police on Friday named BRF and JBS, along with dozens of smaller rivals, in a two-year probe into how meatpackers allegedly paid off inspectors to overlook practices including processing rotten meat, shipping exports with traces of salmonella and simply not carrying out inspections of plants.