March 23, 2017 / 8:05 PM / in 7 months

Meatpacker JBS suspends nearly all Brazil beef output amid embargoes

SAO PAULO, March 23 (Reuters) - JBS SA has suspended beef production at 33 of 36 plants in Brazil, the company said on Thursday, due to embargoes on exports to foreign countries after a corruption scandal raised sanitary questions about the Brazilian meatpacking industry.

JBS said in a public statement that its units would resume production next week, with a 35 percent reduction in capacity, adding that the company is focused on maintaining employment of its 125,000 workers in Brazil. (Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer; Writing by Brad Haynes; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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