Brazil has long been mired in corruption scandals, but the latest to erupt is about an issue that hits particularly close to the nation's heart and stomach. A two-year probe by Brazilian police has revealed how meatpackers paid off inspectors and politicians to overlook practices including processing rotten meat and shipping exports with traces of bacteria and carcinogens. Here's more from Brazil.
Brazilian police raided more than ten meat packing plants on March 17. 27 search warrants were issued and three meat processing plants were ordered to shut down. 21 companies are currently under investigation. 33 authorities in Agriculture Ministry who accepted bribes were arrested. Meatpackers added cancer-causing chemicals to rotten meats and covered up odor. Packers also were allegedly watered up beef, mixed chicken meat with shredded papers, and added bath chap into sausages. Companies have been paying bribes to authorities for obtaining certification of selling in domestic markets and exporting to foreign nations.
==MICHEL TEMER President of Brazil==
Brazilian Federal Government must re-emphasize its confidence for domestic mean production quality. It's important to stress that of the 11,000 government workers at the Agriculture Ministry, only 33 are being investigated. It is worth repeating that of the 4,837 units subject to general inspection, only 21 are allegedly involved in any possible irregularities.
Brazilian agriculture products export to 150 nations worldwide. Embassies of China, European Union and the U.S. all showed their urgent concerns to the meat corruption. The scandal has created negative international image and tremendous pressure to the downing Brazilian agriculture and cattle industries.
TRANSLATED BY: ANTHONY LIN
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