Two BRF Poultry Plants In Brazil Banned From Exporting To Saudi Arabia
Brazilian food processor BRF SA has said that two of its plants have been temporarily suspended from exporting poultry to Saudi Arabia due to alleged irregularities in feed production.
The findings were revealed by a probe conducted between 2014 and 2018.
BRF said one of the two plants targeted by the ban was not selling anything to Saudi Arabia.
The other was exporting around 6,000 tonnes per month to Saudi Arabia. Both are located in the southern state of Paraná in Brazil.
In a securities filing, the company said that five other plants are still permitted to export poultry to Saudi Arabia and that it has started to redirect production until the ongoing probe is concluded.
Brazilian federal prosecutors in December formally charged 11 people in connection with a criminal investigation accusing BRF, the world's largest chicken exporter, of evading food safety checks.
The individuals charged, including two former vice-presidents for quality, stood accused of using banned substances and misrepresenting to regulators the amount of certain ingredients used to produce feed premix.
The company said it has been cooperating with the Brazilian and international authorities investigating alleged irregularities in its industrial processes.
In October, BRF announced an agreement to invest around $120 million to build its first chicken processing plant in Saudi Arabia in a bid to strengthen its position in a key growth market.