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Slovakia starts inspections of Brazilian meat

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Staff Writer | March 22, 2017
Slovak Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has started inspections of all animal products imported from Brazil in the wake of the rotten meat scandal, Minister Gabriela Matecna announced.
Gabriela Matecna
Meat scandal   Minister Gabriela Matecna:
"Our veterinary inspectors began acting immediately in the wake of reports of cheating with Brazilian meat. This case has confirmed that food that travels thousands of kilometres from third countries could pose serious risks," Matecna said.

He said the ministry has banned retail outlets in Slovakia from selling Brazilian meat until laboratory tests are carried out, with targeted inspections to be performed until further notice.

Brazil is the world's largest exporter of red meat, with its meat products sold in 150 countries worldwide.

Last week, the Brazilian police uncovered a massive scheme of meat adulteration, which involves some of the country's largest meat producers.

The crackdown action came as part of the so-called "Operation Weak Flesh" launched by the police targeting some of the major meatpacking companies in Brazil, such as market leaders JBS Friboi and Brasil Foods.