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South Korea bars sales of Brazil's BRF chicken

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South Korea will tighten inspections of imported Brazilian chicken meat and temporarily bar sales BRF SA's chicken products following a scandal in Brazil over tainted meat, the agriculture ministry said.

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The South Korean ministry said that in future suppliers of Brazilian chicken will be required to submit a health certificate issued by the Brazilian government.

More than 80 percent of the 107,400 tonnes of chicken imported by South Korea last year came from Brazil, and almost half of that was supplied by BRF.

Police in Brazil raided some of the country's meatpackers on Friday in an investigation into whether some companies were paying bribes to conceal unsanitary conditions, and alleged that some producers had sold rotten and adulterated meat products.

A senior Brazilian agriculture ministry official said, however, that the issues raised did not pose a risk to consumers or exports.

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