With Brazil’s rotten meat scandal, South Africa’s department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) suspended the importation of meat from establishments suspected to be involved in the meat scandal of the South American country.
DAFF indicated that consignments may have already left Brazil and on their way to South Africa. You don’t have to panic, though. DAFF is hard at work to ensure the rotten meat won’t get to South Africans.
Brazil’s rotten meat scandal emerged after authorities in the South American country on the 17th of this month, announced that they are investigating food giants that allegedly bribed government inspection officials to approve sales and export of spoiled meat.
From our gatherings, Brazilian prosecutors are alleging that the establishments implicated adulterated some meat products with cardboard and, used acid to hide the smell of rotten meat.
Brazil is the world’s largest meat exporter, and countries like South Korea and China have temporarily suspended the importation of Brazilian meat.
In South Africa, DAFF reacted to Brazil’s rotten meat scandal requesting of the Brazilian authority to provide official information and a list of establishments that have been identified in the meat scandal.
DAFF also disclosed that it advised the Brazilian authority to ban all exportation of meat from such establishments until the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of the South African Veterinary Authority.
Adding that the quantity of consignments that may have already left Brazil and on their way to South Africa is unknown, DAFF offered that it is “in the process of ensuring that the establishments implicated are suspended from exporting meat to South Africa until the Brazilian Veterinary Authority have fully investigated the matter and can give the necessary assurances for compliance to the South African requirements for importation of meat into South Africa
“DAFF officials at all ports of entry which receives meat have been instructed to test every container of meat from Brazil using the existing policies regarding testing of consignments.
“Consignments arriving at the ports of entry in South Africa may be tested microbiologically for organisms such as Salmonella,” stated DAFF.
With that, DAFF assured consumers in SA that the officials at ports of entry have always been vigilant on meat imports from any country to ensure compliance with sanitary requirements.
The sanitary requirements were designed to respectively, protect both the consumers and animals against food safety hazards and animal diseases, added DAFF.