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The meat of the latest Brazilian bribery scandal

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 4, 2017

Still reeling from “Operation Car Wash,” Brazil has a new corruption scandal on its hands, this one dubbed “Operation Weak Flesh.”

Brazilian enforcement authorities are currently investigating some of the world’s largest meatpackers over allegations that agribusiness leaders bribed inspectors from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture to overlook unsanitary practices—such as processing rotten beef and poultry, and shipping exports with traces of salmonella—so that their sales to domestic and foreign meat and poultry buyers would be approved.

Operation Weak Flesh is one of the largest scale operations on record in Brazil. Federal police last month announced that 1,100 federal agents carried out 309 judicial warrants across multiple Brazilian states.

Among companies at the center of the investigation are Brazil-based poultry-...

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