Moy Park owners linked to Brazilian meat scandal

Thursday, 23 March 2017

THE company which owns Northern Ireland's biggest employer, Moy Park has become embroiled in a scandal which is engulfing Brazil's meat industry.
JBS, which took over Moy Park in 2015 for a record 988m, have had some of their premises raided as part of a countrywide crackdown.
Police say the probe, known as "Operation Weak Flesh," found evidence of meatpackers bribing inspectors and politicians to overlook unsanitary practices such as processing rotten meat and shipping exports with traces of salmonella.
There is no suggestion that Moy Park, which has factories in Portadown, Dungannon and Ballymena, is in any way connected to the allegations.
Last Friday, Brazilian police raided a number of meat-producing plants across the country and arrested more than 30 people.
The government suspended more than 30 meat inspectors as part of the investigation. They are being investigated for corruption.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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