Today, Brazilian federal police conducted the largest-ever search and seizure operation in its history, deploying more than a thousand officers to raid offices of the top meatpacking operations in the country.
According to the New York Times, a federal probe uncovered approximately 40 cases of corruption where meatpackers bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook unsanitary practices. The accusations are wide-ranging and include:
- Selling rotten meat
- Disguising rot by adding ascorbic acid to products
- Modifying expiration dates and repackaging expired products
- Mixing cardboard with chicken meat
- Using pig heads and spoiled meat to make sausages
- Money laundering to bribe government officials
Two of the largest meat companies in the world – JBS and BRF – were targeted in the raids. JBS and BRF are also two of the five largest meat exporters in Brazil.
These adulterated and rotten products were not only sold on shelves, but also sold to the government to be served in public schools all over the country.
The global meat industry is overdue for a fundamental change that puts public health first.
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