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Brazilian Embassy says exporters to Jamaica not under rotten beef probe

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 11:34 AM

The Brazilian Embassy in Jamaica has revealed that none of the 21 meat processing companies currently being investigated by that South American nation's authorities, for their role in an ongoing rotten beef scandal, have export arrangements with Jamaica.

As a result, the embassy said in a statement that the Brazilian government was urging its Jamaican counterpart to review the unilateral ban on the product, which has been in place since Monday. 

The Brazilian Embassy said companies that export to Jamaica are not under investigation and operate within all licensing and health regulations.

"The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has a rigorous inspection service for animal products with permanent auditing, monitoring and risk assessment," the embassy said.

The Embassy also said it was in contact with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for any clarification needed on the matter. 

"All exporting plants remain open to inspection visits by importing countries, who wish to visit exporting companies to clear up any doubts, which they may have," the embassy stated.

“Brazil is the most interested party in resolving and clarifying these issues, and in having the current unilateral ban lifted,” the embassy noted.

Brazil has 4,837 establishments which produce meat products.