Mexico suspends imports of Brazilian meat, poultry amid health concerns

Countries curtailing Brazilian beef imports due to the tainted food scandal there may have few sources to turn to for securing red meat.
A man counts money to pay meat products at Granada market in Mexico City, Mexico, on Jan 10, 2017.
A man counts money to pay meat products at Granada market in Mexico City, Mexico, on Jan 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - Mexico has suspended all meat and poultry imports from Brazil since March 19, the government said Tuesday (March 21), dealing another blow to the world's top beef and poultry exporter amid growing concerns about the quality of those products.

Mexico said that owing to the health concerns, it has suspended the poultry imports from Brazil it normally receives, adding that it does not import Brazilian beef or pork products.

Brazilian authorities on Tuesday began scouring meat plants closed after a probe into corruption by health inspectors and the alleged sale of rotten products.