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GraceKennedy says its Brazilian corned beef suppliers are not under probe

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:30 PM

GraceKennedy Group Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby is reporting that the meat processing plants in Brazil that supply corned beef to his company are not under investigation in the ongoing rotten beef and poultry probe in the South American country.

“We have been working non-stop over the past 48 hours to get answers in relation to this issue and can confidently state that the factories which supply corned beef to GraceKennedy Ltd are not a part of the current investigation by the Brazilian authorities,” Wehby said.

He said investigation into information by Brazil’s Secretariat of Animal and Plant Health of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply,  indicates that corned beef is not among the products under scrutiny.

“Further, none of the meat plants listed by the Brazilian authorities supply corned beef to GraceKennedy Ltd. The health and safety of consumers remain of primary importance to us,” the group’s CEO said.

Meanwhile, Wehby said GraceKennedy will continue to comply with Jamaica's ban on corned beef but urged that in light of the information now available, as soon as possible the government should apply the necessary resources to satisfy any concern about imports.