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Operation Weak Meat

The Operation Carne Fraca or Operation Weak Meat in Brazilian media in English (Portuguese for meat of minor quality), is an action enforced by the Federal Police of Brazil, the Brazilian federal police, started on March 17, 2017 which investigated some of the country's largest meat processing companies.

The company JBS S.A.,[A 1] holding the trademarks Seara Alimentos, Swift Armour, Friboi and Vigor and also the BRF company, holding the trademarks Sadia and Perdigão are accused of having mixed rotten meat treated with chemical components into meat sold in Brazil and abroad.[1]

As a first consequence, more than 30 meat inspectors were fired.[2][3] They allegedly allowed rotten meat to be sold, dates of expiration to be altered, disguised meat of poor quality, and mixed potentially carcinogenic chemical substances - according to Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (Anvisa), sorbic acid and the not for use authorized Vitamin C.[4]

Economical impact

Brazil is the leading exporter of beef, poultry and also fourth largest pork exporter.[5] Brazil's world market share in this business is about 7.2%[6] The BRF Holding, which is controlled by Sadia and Perdigão, exports poultry to 120 countries, having a world market share of about 14%. Economy's observers as Bloomberg News expect a loss of market share of up to 10%.[7]




The main topic in national publications is the impact on economy.[8]


President Michel Temer announces an investigation and invites ambassdors to steak dinner.[9]

Brazil's government shut down three plants and suspended the export licenses for 21 meat packing plants too.[10]

On 18 May 2017 the newspaper O Globo[11] reported, that the owner of JBS secretly recorded president Michel Temer giving him hush money to buy the silence of a potential witness against Temer.[12]

International echo

  • First import ban was announced.[17]

Mexico,[18] China, Chile, Japan, and Hong Kong suspended all meat imports from Brazil. The European Union is banning meat from any plant that is implicated in the case.[19]


In July 2017 Eumar Roberto Novacki, Brazilian secretary of state, in Geneva tried to convince european meat importers that brazilian meat was of high quality. At the same time, new information on bribery of meat inspectors were published[20] .[21]

See also


  1. ^ JBS represents about a quarter of world's market on beef


  1. ^ Agência Brasil, ed. (March 17, 2017). "Justiça Federal no Paraná bloqueia R$1 bilhão dos maiores frigoríficos do país" (in Portuguese). EBC. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  2. ^ "Operação Carne Fraca da PF coloca JBS e BRF na mira por esquema de corrupção" (in Portuguese). EL País. March 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-18.{{.}}
  3. ^ "Carne vencida e mascarada com 'produtos cancerígenos' o escândalo que atinge as maiores empresas do Brasil" (in Portuguese). BBC. March 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  4. ^ Maria Júlia Marques und Daniela Garcia. "Produtos usados pelos frigoríficos na carne estragada fazem mal à saúde" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  5. ^ "Gammelfleischskandal erschüttert "Exportweltmeister" Brasicite" (in German). Stuttgarter Nachrichten. March 17, 2017. Archived from the original on March 20, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Carne vencida e mascarada com 'produtos cancerígenos': o escândalo que atinge as maiores empresas do Brasil" (in Portuguese). BBC. March 18, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  7. ^ Gerson Freitas Jr, David Biller, Julia Leite (2017-04-11). "Brazil May Lose Up to $1.5 Billion in Meat Exports on Probe". Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  8. ^ "Escândalo da carne lança dúvida sobre agronegócio, "pilar" da economia brasileira, diz NYT" (in Portuguese). March 18, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  9. ^ "Temer anuncia força-tarefa para investigar alvos da Carne Fraca". exame.abril com Agência Brasil. March 19, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  10. ^ Patrick Gillespie, Shasta Darlington, Marilia Brocchetto (2017-03-22). "Brazil's spoiled meat scandal widens worldwide". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  11. ^ "Dono da JBS gravou Temer dando aval para comprar silêncio de Cunha, diz jornal" (in Portuguese). 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  12. ^ "Brasiliens Präsident unter Druck - Temer in Korruptionsskandal schwer belastet" (in German). 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  13. ^ "Brésil: un réseau de viande avariée démantelé". Le Figaro (in French). March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Simon Romero (March 17, 2017). "Brazil's Largest Food Companies Raided in Tainted Meat Scandal". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  15. ^ Joe Leahy (São Paulo) (March 17, 2017). "Contamination probe hits Brazilian meatpackers". Financial Times. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  16. ^ "Brazilian firms 'bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on market' as plants raided in corruption probe". March 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  17. ^ "Fleischskandal: Erste Länder stoppen Importe aus Brasilien" (in German). Deutsche Welle. March 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  18. ^ Le Figaro, ed. (March 21, 2017). "Le Mexique suspend l'importation de produits avicoles du Brésil". Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  19. ^ Patrick Gillespie, Shasta Darlington, Marilia Brocchetto (March 22, 2017). CNNMoney, ed. "Brazil's spoiled meat scandal widens worldwide". Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  20. ^ Alexander Busch (2017-07-16). Handelsblatt, ed. "Bis zu 6000 Dollar für schmierige Steaks". Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  21. ^ "Translation by GOOGLE". Retrieved 2017-07-18.