Brazilian company BRF S.A., the world’s biggest chicken exporter, may face a total ban in Europe.
As it stands now, the European Union does not allow the entrance in the bloc of chickens processed in three of BRF plants in Brazil. Those plants were the targets of an investigation by Brazilian authorities related to alleged actions by BRF management to escape food safety checks.
But European officials could expand that ban to all BRF plants following a meeting with Brazilian officials this week.
“We left the meeting pessimistic,” said Brazilian Senator Cidinho Santos, a member of the group that visited EU officials in Brussels.
According to Santos, the Europeans were threatening to ban exports from all BRF plants even after explanations and guarantees given to them by Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi.