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USDA investigating Brazilian meat imports

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In response to Brazil’s recent meat scandal, the USDA has declared that all beef products entering the U.S. from Brazil are subject to re-inspection by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors. Brazil’s ready-to-eat products, including poultry, will also face additional safety inspections.

Salmonella, E. coli and other pathogens will be tested for in the inspections. The investigation so far has found no tainted meat coming into the country, but the 100 percent re-inspection and testing will continue indefinitely.

The scandal involves several Brazilian slaughter and processing facilities bribing health inspectors to overlook expired and contaminated meat products. The USDA has stated that none of the Brazilian companies involved have shipped meat to the U.S., but due to the severity of the allegations, the agency will take no chances.

Police alleged that the appearance and smell of the expired meat was masked by chemicals and cheap products like manioc flour.

China has temporarily suspended shipments containing poultry and beef from Brazil. The European Union, Japan, Mexico and Chile have also halted some meat imports from the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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