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S/Africa suspends Brazil meat imports over safety fears

South Africa has suspended imports of meat from establishments suspected of involvement in the Brazilian meat
scandal over safety fears, official sources have disclosed.Due to this, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on Friday requested the Brazilian authorities to provide official information and a list of establishments identified as exporting unsafe meat to various countries, including South Africa.

“DAFF has also advised the Brazilian authority to ban all exports of meat from such establishments until the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of the South African Veterinary Authority,” DAFF said in a statement.

The ministry said it was not known how many consignments may have already left Brazil on their way to South Africa.

However, DAFF said it is in the process of ensuring that the establishments implicated are suspended from exporting meat to South Africa until the Brazilian Veterinary Authority have fully investigated the matter and made the necessary assurances for compliance.

DAFF said its officials at all ports of entry which receive meat have been instructed to test every container of meat from Brazil using the existing policies regarding the testing of consignments.

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