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Audit uncovers weak points in Brazil meat inspections

A USDA audit of Brazil’s food safety system has revealed concerns about meat exported from that country.  The audit, by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), says more needs to be done to bring Brazil’s meat inspection up to U.S. standards.

The FSIS stepped up inspections of meat imported from Brazil after corruption in Brazil’s meat inspection system was exposed earlier this year.  The increased scrutiny resulted in nearly 2 million pounds of Brazilian beef – more than 10 percent of what the U.S. imports from Brazil – being rejected between March and June of this year.

The audit report says Brazil has failed to develop policies that would prevent conflicts of interest between inspection personnel and the processing plants where they work.

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