(Yicai Global) March 20 -- Two major Brazilian meat producers have been accused of exporting expired or contaminated products, to countries including China, after bribing government regulators.
Brazilian police searched the workshops of two meat processing companies, JBS SA and BRF SA, three days ago and is looking for dozens of employees, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported. Judge Marcos Jose Grey da Silva said it was shocking that staff from government agencies were involved the matter, and that the country's Ministry of Agriculture has been manipulated by individuals and "repeatedly failed to perform its duties to serve the community."
Staff at the firms are suspected of injecting chemicals into expired meat to improve its appearance and smell, said Mauricio Moscardi Grillo, one of the investigators. At least one of their senior executives said they once mixed rotten and fresh meat before selling. Some of the products have been exported to Europe, and in 2016, Italian customs officers stopped four containers of Salmonella-contaminated meat from entering the country, Grillo added.
The police confirmed that they arrested three BRF employees, two JBS employees and 20 public officials three days ago.