EU and China suspend some imports from Brazil due to 'rotten meat' scandal
Two major importers of Brazilian meat have suspended imports from the country following claims major meat processors in the country were selling 'rotten meat'.
Today, China banned red meat imports while the EU has banned imports from the firms involved in the scandal.
The developments represent a major blow to Brazil, one of the world's largest exporters of meat, which is struggling to emerge from its worst recession in decades.
The announcements come despite a flurry of meetings that Brazilian President Michel Temer held with ambassadors and numerous assurances that Brazilian meats in general were safe.
Speaking to reporters in Brussels, European Union spokesman Enrico Brivio said the companies involved in the scandal would be temporarily barred.
The EU "will guarantee that any of the establishments involved in the fraud will be suspended", said Mr Brivio, who did not cite companies by name or say how long the ban will last.
A few hours later, agriculture minister Blairo Maggi said that China had suspended the unloading of Brazilian meats in Chinese ports.
Mr Maggi downplayed the move, saying Chinese authorities were in the process of asking for more information.