Saudi Arabia bans beef imports from 5 Brazilian meatpackers
Saudi Arabia has suspended beef imports from five Brazilian meatpackers after the South American country detected two atypical cases of mad cow disease earlier this month.
The five unnamed meatpackers are located in Minas Gerais, where one of the cases was confirmed. The second case was detected in Mato Grosso, Valor Economico reported.
Brazil, the world’s largest beef exporter, temporarily suspended shipments to its largest customer, China, after confirming the two abnormal infections, in compliance with a health protocol by the two countries.
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Two associations representing beef companies did not respond to requests for comment.