Saudi Arabia bans poultry imports from Brazil
One of the long-time importers of Brazilian poultry products, Saudi Arabia, has decided to ban poultry imports from 11 plants located in the South American country. The decision is to be applied on May 23. A joint statement from Brazil's Agriculture and Foreign ministries last week confirmed that there were no warnings or explanations for this decision. "The Brazilian government was surprised and dismayed by Saudi Arabia's decision to suspend 11 poultry exporting units. There was no prior contact from the Saudi authorities, nor did they give any motivation or justification to support the suspensions", said the joint statement.JBS, the world's largest meat company, confirmed that it was affected by the ban but declined to disclose how many plants had been targeted by the decision, according to Reuters. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority said imports from seven JBS plants will be suspended as of May 23. BRF, la largest chicken meat processor in Brazil, declared that none of its units were affected by the ban.
The Brazilian government said it has initiated talks with Saudi Arabia regarding the bans. The Brazilian government said it learned of the suspensions through the publication of a new list of Brazilian plants permitted to export to Saudi Arabia.
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