Brocker.Org: UPDATE one-Brazil detains meatpacking govt soon after raids in rotten meat probe – Reuters


RIO DE JANEIRO Police detained an govt of BRF SA on Saturday, as the meat corporation and rival JBS SA took out complete-web page ads to burnish their image soon after raids to examine alleged bribes paid out to deal with up unsanitary circumstances in Brazil’s meatpacking services.

Roney Nogueira, a government relations govt with BRF, turned himself into police for questioning at Guarulhos airport in Sao Paulo, according to a BRF spokesman. The corporation, alongside with JBS, is aspect of a enormous meatpacking industry that in the latest several years produced Brazil one of the world’s best exporters of meat.

Police sought Nogueira, who was returning to Brazil from South Africa, mainly because he allegedly discussed bribing wellbeing inspectors, together with one who assisted stop the closure of a plant in the point out of Goiás, according to court paperwork.

Police claimed Friday’s raids had been prompted by proof that some meatpackers had paid out inspectors and politicians to overlook the processing of rotten meat and exports with fraudulent documentation and even traces of salmonella.

Also on Saturday, JBS and BRF introduced a community relations offensive to protect the integrity of their tactics and deflect a crisis that threatens an industry with $12 billion in annual exports

“Good quality is the foremost priority of JBS and its brands,” read an advertisement by JBS, the world’s most significant meat producer, in publications that integrated the important dailies of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

In ten bullet factors, the corporation touted its role as an exporter to much more than 150 nations and certificates gained and audits handed at services throughout Brazil.

In an email, a JBS spokeswoman claimed the ads, which also consist of radio and tv places, would operate throughout 27 distinctive media stores as a result of Monday. The corporation did not reply to a request about the price of the marketing campaign.

BRF, for its aspect, ran adverts addressing “the tens of millions of shoppers whose self esteem we have gained,” vowing to adhere to the concepts of “truth of the matter, regard, quality and transparency.”

Officials at BRF did not right away reply to requests for particulars about its marketing campaign.

Buyers on Friday hammered shares of both equally providers soon after information of the raids. JBS plunged eleven. p.c, even though BRF fell seven. p.c at the Sao Paulo stock trade.

In their ads, and in communiques adhering to the raids, both equally providers denied systematic fraud or abuse in just their functions and condemned any wrongdoing that may well be uncovered by the probe.

(Reporting by Paulo Prada Editing by Marguerita Choy and Tom Brown)