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Whistleblower in Brazil meat scandal takes on powerful industry

March 25, 2017 By Stephen Eisenhammer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) – When government health inspector Daniel Gouveia Teixeira confronted a Brazilian processed meat plant with what he says was evidence of excess use of marrow, bone and other slaughterhouse by-products in food for human consumption, he was suddenly removed as the plant’s inspector. The incident, nearly three years ago at the Peccin Agro Industrial Ltda plant in Brazil’s rural Parana state, led Teixeira to tell police he suspected he was being undermined by corrupt superiors. It also prompted friends to start…

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China, EU cut imports of Brazil meat amid scandal

March 21, 2017 By Brad Brooks and Dominique Patton SAO PAULO/BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police, in an anti-corruption probe criticized by the government as alarmist, accused inspectors in the world’s biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. As the scandal deepened, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the government had suspended exports from 21 meat processing units. But he also criticized the investigation by Brazil’s Federal Police into…

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