March 21 | By: Renata Brito & Mario Lobao
A scandal over expired meats in Brazil deepened on Monday with the European Union and China deciding to halt some meat imports from Latin America’s largest nation.
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 Monday 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 Brivio, who didn’t cite companies by name or expound on how long the ban will last.
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