Hong Kong Orders Recall of Brazilian Meat Products

Much of it is used in canteens and foodservice.Sun said China expected Brazil to investigate the issues thoroughly and adopt effective measures to ensure the safety of its meat.

That figure plummeted to about United States dollars 74,000 on Tuesday, the foreign trade ministry said.

The Minister-Counsellor added that before the scandal was discovered by the Brazilian side, the country had not received any complaint or feedback from partner countries on any incident of Brazilian meat being tainted.

Saudi Arabia imported 744,000 metric tons of Brazilian chicken meat in the period from February 2016 through January this year, making it the second-biggest buyer after China and Hong Kong combined, according to Brazilian meat exporters group Abiec.

Brazil's agriculture minister said earlier that China suspended imports but until now Chinese officials have said only their government took unspecified precautions.

Regarding these companies, the IACM has already notified food establishments, wholesale importers and retail establishments to remove any detected products by the mentioned companies from the market.

"This is the last thing that Brazil's economy needed", says Neil Shearing, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, a research firm.

The scandal - dubbed "Carne Fraca" or "Weak Meat" - comes as Brazil is still in its longest recession in history, plagued by other corruption scandals, a political crisis and a steep fall in commodity prices.

"To cater for the needs of customers, we will increase the supply of meat and poultry products from other countries", it said in a statement, without elaborating.

But Rafael Alcadipani, a professor of organisational studies at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo, refutes the government's argument.

Meanwhile, Lins also explained that some of the information being reported on the issue were misleading, including the allegations that paper were being mixed into processed meat. If inspectors were paid to not do their jobs, it is impossible to know if putrid products entered the market, Alcadipani said. Mexico, for example, has stopped importing meat from Brazil since March 19, 2017.

  • Zachary Reyes