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China lifts ban on imports of meat from Brazil

Staff Writer |
China lifted a ban on imports of meat from Brazil after Brazilian authorities clarified details of a police investigation into alleged bribery of health inspectors.

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The move by China, the biggest national consumer of Brazilian meat, was accompanied on Saturday by the lifting of import bans in Egypt and Chile, bringing hope of an end to a crisis that saw one-fifth wiped off the value of Brazilian pork and poultry exports last week.

A slew of major meat importers issued bans after Brazilian federal police unveiled on March 17 an investigation into alleged payments to government health officials by meat processing companies to forego inspections and ignore abuses, codenamed “Operation Weak Flesh.”


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