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Investigations on meatpackers did not harm Brazilian beef exports: they grew 20 percent

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By mid March, with the Brazilian beef ‘scandal’ dominating the web and with many countries questioning the quality of its meat products –  and some imposing temporary import bans-, it seemed that Brazil’s meat exports were doomed to failure.

But in  the real world things runned more smoothly than imagined by Brazilian authorities, producers and exporters: in March, Brazil’s total meat exports rose, reaching 125 thousand tonnes, a hike of 20 percent from February. The information came from Abiec, the Brazilian association of beef exporters.

In terms of revenue, the sector did still better: exports in March reached $501 million, up 22 percent above February results,.

According to the minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi, such results show that government and private sector efforts to reassure buyers of the quality of the country’s meat were successful.

Antônio Camardelli, Abiec’s chairman, said that the results in March showed the resilience of the Brazilian beef industry. Police and prosecutors investigation “did not reduce average export volumes as many destination countries quickly suspended their bans,” he said.