Saudi Arabia stopped importation of beef and poultry from four companies in Brazil, which is currently mired in food safety scandal.
“This measure was taken in the interest of citizens’ and residents’ safety,” said Saudi Food and Drug Authority in a statement.
Companies banned to export their products to Saudi Arabia included JJZ Alimentos SA, Frango Dm Industria e Comercio de Alimentos Ltda, Seara Alimentos, a subsidiary of JBS, the world’s biggest meatpacking company, and BRF SA, the world’s biggest poultry exporter.
After a lengthy investigation of Brazil’s meatpacking industry, authorities have accused more than 100 people, mostly health inspectors, of taking bribes for allowing the sale of rotten products, falsifying export documents or failing to inspect meatpacking plants.
The companies have denied any wrongdoing and authorities have said that no cases of death or illness have been linked to the tainted meat investigation.