Heavily Reliant on Brazil Chicken Imports, Singapore could be Badly Hit by Tainted Meat Scandal

A 2-year probe by police found that major meat producers in Brazil bribed health inspectors to certify tainted meat from Brazil as safe for consumption.

Investigations are now taking place against BRF and JBS – the 2 companies there which supply poultry products.

70 percent of Singapore’s frozen chicken imports are from Brazil, while 65 percent of Singapore’s imported pork comes from Brazil, the United States, and Sarawak.

NTUC Fairprice says it is currently in contact with suppliers to seek clarification as investigations are underway.

Sheng Siong says it is also clarifying the situation with its suppliers.

We are Meat Traders’ Association mentor Chung Suan Lim, who was also its president for eight years, said his checks with the network of importers here have turned up no complaints about imports from Brazil so far.

Chung added that the AVA only approves certain processing plants within these companies.

Checks are ongoing to see if the affected plants are those that were approved.

Besides Singapore, about 150 countries buy meat from Brazil, including China, Japan and Russia.



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