June 3, 2011
JBS and Marfrig serve Russia amid ban on Brazilian meat
In spite of Moscow's recent prohibition on meat imports from the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul, both JBS and Marfrig will continue to serve Russian clients.
JBS said it plans to continue shipments to Russia from another eight eligible plants in Brazil and from other production platforms outside of Brazil. Marfrig had a similar strategy.
Effective from June 15, a total of 85 beef, pork and poultry processors in those three states will be ineligible to export product to Russia, the country's food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said, urging Brazil to step up its veterinary and sanitary monitoring.
The list of banned plants on Rosselkhoznadzor's site includes several owned by JBS, Marfrig and BRF Brasil Foods S.A.
The ban follows a recent round of visits to Brazil by Russian inspectors.
"Essentially, the ban is a vote of no-confidence in the vet services of these states, which were unable to introduce a system for fulfilling Customs Union requirements," Alexei Alexeyenko, spokesman for Russian food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said.
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