BRUSSELS, March 20 The European Commission is
monitoring meat imports from Brazil and any companies found to
be involved in a meat scandal there will be denied access to the
European Union market, a spokesman said on Monday.
Brazilian police raided the premises of global meatpacking
companies JBS SA and BRF SA on Friday, as
well as dozens of smaller rivals, in a crackdown on alleged
bribery of health officials who were paid to conceal unsanitary
"The Commission will ensure that any of the establishments
implicated in the fraud are suspended from exporting to the EU,"
a spokesman for the European Commission told a regular press
The Commission added that the meat scandal would have no
impact on negotiations currently under way between the European
Union and South American bloc Mercosur, in which the two sides
hope to reach agreements on free trade.
(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Alastair