March 21, 2017 / 12:36 PM / 5 months ago

Brazil's Temer says alarm over meat industry exaggerated

Brazil's President Michel Temer eats barbecue in a steak house after a meeting with ambassadors of meat importing countries of Brazil, in Brasilia, Brazil March 19, 2017.Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Tuesday that the alarm cause by the discovery of irregularities in meat industry controls was unfounded because very few meatpacking plants were involved.

China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police accused inspectors in the world's biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Daniel Flynn

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