A Brazilian court has found 'unlawful' working conditions in Cargill's cocoa supply chain. Pic: Cargill


Cargill accused of child labour practices on Brazilian cocoa farms

By Anthony Myers

Cargill, one of the world’s largest cocoa suppliers, has been ordered by a Brazilian court to pay 600,000 reais ($120,185) as indemnity for allegedly buying cocoa from farms where child labour or forced work has been identified.

Friboi to extend Nelore promotional scheme

Friboi to extend Nelore promotional scheme

By Aidan Fortune

JBS’ Friboi brand and the Association of Nelore Breeders of Brazil (ANCB) have extended their promotional partnership to continue throughout 2020.

Brazilian beef welcomed back into the US

Brazilian beef welcomed back into the US

By Aidan Fortune

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have re-opened US doors to Brazilian beef following a 20-month suspension.

New ABPA president unveiled

New ABPA president unveiled

By Aidan Fortune

The Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) has unveiled Ricardo Santin as its new president.

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Scrutiny mounts as meatpacker JBS reduces transparency

By Asia Sherman

Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS has stopped providing specific details on the sources of its beef supply even in the wake of raging Amazon forest fires sparked by cattle ranchers and loggers in the name of agribusiness.

KIT and Garra to join forces

KIT and Garra to join forces

By Aidan Fortune

Meat processing businesses KIT International and Garra International are to create a joint venture with a combined turnover in excess of US$220m.

Brazil boasts the second largest cattle herd in the world, and exports more than a million head of slaughter cows per year

Brazil overturns short-lived cattle export ban

By Oscar Rousseau

The Brazilian government has overturned a two-day injunction on live cattle exports, imposed after animal activists claimed cows shipped thousands of miles abroad faced cruel treatment upon arrival.

JBS will now proceed with its $300 asset sale to Brazilian rival Minerva

Court lifts JBS asset freeze

By Oscar Rousseau

JBS has had its ban on the sale of assets to rival Minerva lifted by a Brazilian court, as the world’s largest meatpacker copes with the fallout from a corruption scandal. 

A 2015 study found evidence of modern-day slavery in Brazil's agriculture sector

Self-regulation to fight Brazilian slavery called for

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazil’s agribusiness industry should adopt a strategy of self-regulation to eradicate modern-day slavery, according to a United Nations agency official leading anti-slavery work in South America’s largest country.

Minerva reportedly axed over 700 jobs when it closed the Mirassol D’Oeste factory

Minerva to reopen beef plant closed in 2015

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazilian meatpacker Minerva SA will reopen its Mirassol D’Oeste cattle slaughterhouse in July, nearly two years after it shut the plant and axed hundreds of jobs.

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Brazil reacts after beef scandal

By Joseph James Whitworth

The Brazilian government is to accelerate audits of 21 meatpacking plants as part of a police investigation into alleged corruption and tainted beef.

Brazil launched a major international trade promotion at Sial

Sial Paris 2016

Sial to deliver $840m in meat business for Brazil

By Rod Addy

Brazilian meat firms will net roughly $840m in contracts from trade show Sial Paris 2016, according to the Brazilian Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

Marfrig uses advanced technology to map cattle ranches and halt land expansion

Marfrig: halting deforestation ‘critical’

By Oscar Rousseau

Meatpacker Marfrig said halting deforestation and fighting slave-like labour conditions was “critical” to its strategy in Brazil as an independent audit praised the company.

Brazil's surge in meat exports has helped stablise the country's weakened economy

Brazil pork exports samba forward

By Kakie Roubaud, Rio de Janeiro

It’s carnival time for Brazil’s booming pork exports, with volume sales from January to July increasing by 42.2% compared to the same period in 2015. 

News of the alleged wrongdoing caused a 10% drop in JBS shares

JBS ‘aware’ of CEO suspension reports

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazilian meat giant JBS has confirmed it is aware of reports in the media that its CEO Wesley Batista has been ordered to step aside by a federal judge.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games has inspired a rise in Chinese vendors selling fake Brazilian beef

Rio Olympics 2016 hype sees fake beef boom

By Mark Godfrey

The Olympic Games is proving a major boost for Brazilian beef sales in China but consumers have been warned of unscrupulous meat vendors and beef masquerading as Brazilian.


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