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FCPA protects the safety and health of Americans

Tom Fox | June 26, 2017

Some continue to believe that bribery and corruption that occurs outside the United States does not concern the United States, its laws, or is even worth the time of U.S. law enforcement agencies. This myopic view belies both the inter-connectedness of the world’s economy and the facts on the ground.

In the area of safety, the direct connection between corruption, crime, and terrorism has been well-documented. There have also been allegations of environmental pollution around a chemical plant outside Houston, TX based on corruption outside the United States.

Now there is yet an example in the area of health: Last week, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture banned imports of Brazilian beef from import into this country. This comes on the heels of the most recent corruption settlement in Brazil, where the meat packing company JBS agreeing to the largest fine ever for fine for bribery and corruption, $3.2 billion in Brazil.

JBS engaged in widespread bribery of meat...

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