Brazilian President Michel Temer on Sunday moved to re-assure importers that the nation’s beef supply is safe for consumption following a bribery scandal involving meatpackers and government inspectors. Temer created a government task force to make sure affected processing plants are closed down while inspection efforts at remaining plants are redoubled. Last week, the Brazilian Federal Police announced a series of arrests in connection with an alleged scheme by major meatpackers to bribe government inspectors into allowing distribution of sub-standard meat products. Arrests included 33 inspectors while police shut down 21 meatpacking plants. The arrests come as Brazil continues to reel from bribery and money laundering scandals involving politicians, contractors and state-run oil company Petrobras.
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