The European Union (EU) has decided to ban the import of chicken from at least 20 Brazilian meatpacking plants. The ruling was published on the Official Journal of the European Union on Wednesday (May 16).
Twelve of them belong to food giant BRF. The prohibition was based on allegations of fraud allegedly committed by executives and federal inspectors. The accusations come as part of Operation Weak Flesh, launched by Brazil’s Federal Police in March last year.
Another crackdown, Operation Trickery, also targeted BRF, which also controls brands Sadia and Perdigão. The group has been brought under scrutiny for manipulating laboratory results related to contamination with the bacteria Salmonella pullorum.
In a note, the company denied any risks posed to human health. After being contacted by Agência Brasil, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply declared it is working to reverse the situation, but declined to comment on the arguments presented as part of decision made by the European Union.