Brazilian firms accused of bribing inspectors to keep rotten meat on market
Allegations have surfaced in Brazil that meat processors in the country have been selling rotten beef and poultry products.
On Friday, police in Brazil issued dozens of arrest warrants, while a judge accused the Agriculture Ministry of betraying the country.
The developments surround two big Brazilian meatpackers allegedly bribing inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market,
According to reports by the Associated Press, part of the money allegedly paid by meatpackers JBS and BRF was channelled to two major political parties, including the one of President Michel Temer, police said after a two-year investigation.
The companies accused export vast quantities of meat to Europe with Brazil being the world's largest red meat exporter.
Investigator Mauricio Moscardi Grillo said at a news conference that the two meatpackers used chemicals to improve the appearance and smell of expired meats.
He said at least one executive reported that rotten meat was mixed with healthy meat to be sold to consumers.
JBS and BRF issued separate statements denying any wrongdoing and said they comply with regulations.