Brazil food fraud scandal

Brazil food fraud scandal: How much halal exports are in the mix?

Photo: People detained during the probe known as “Operation Weak Flesh” are escorted by police officers as they leave the Institute of Forensic Science in Curitiba, Brazil March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer

By Emmy Abdul Alim, Salaam Gateway

Brazil’s Federal Police on March 17 launched the country’s biggest-ever raids as part of a probe of food processors accused of bribing regulators to loosen oversight, Reuters reported. The crackdown on alleged bribery of health officials included big companies BRF and JBS as well as smaller rivals.

If the allegations are found to be true, there could be serious repercussions on Brazil’s $16 billion Halal trade and exports to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries.

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