SAO PAULO, March 20 The Brazilian Agriculture
Ministry confirmed on Monday that China had temporarily banned
beef imports following a police investigation that revealed
health inspectors were bribed to overlook unsanitary conditions
at several plants.
Separately, Francisco Turra, head of Brazil's ABPA beef
producers association, said at a Monday news conference that the
scandal had put the entire sector, one of the nation's most
vibrant, in a grave situation, adding that it had "destroyed" a
hard-fought image of quality products.
(Reporting by Paula Laier; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)