March 20, 2017 / 3:10 PM / a year ago

Brazil Agriculture Ministry confirms China beef suspension

SAO PAULO, March 20 (Reuters) - The Brazilian Agriculture Ministry confirmed on Monday that China had temporarily banned beef imports following a police investigation that revealed health inspectors were bribed to overlook unsanitary conditions at several plants.

Separately, Francisco Turra, head of Brazil’s ABPA beef producers association, said at a Monday news conference that the scandal had put the entire sector, one of the nation’s most vibrant, in a grave situation, adding that it had “destroyed” a hard-fought image of quality products. (Reporting by Paula Laier; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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