Without country of origin labeling, the meat you buy may be from a nation where meat packers are under indictment!
Recently, federal authorities in Brazil revealed an investigation into widespread corruption in the country’s meat packing industry involving payments to government officials to forego safety inspections and cover up health violations.
The scandal involves some of the country’s largest meat-packers—including the world’s largest red meat producer—that have allegedly been selling rotten meat and poultry for years. Acid and carcinogenic chemicals were reportedly used to make the meat look fresh, while cardboard, potato, and water was mixed in with poultry products to increase profits.
The investigation has already resulted in the suspension of thirty-three government officials and the indictment of sixty-three individuals.
The scandal has prompted some lawmakers to call for blocking shipments of Brazilian meat. However, many are worried that banning Brazilian meat would open the US up to trade retaliation.