LatinNews Daily - 24 March 2023

In brief: China to restart beef imports from Brazil

*Brazil’s agriculture minister Carlos Fávaro has announced that China will lift the suspension of Brazilian beef imports, which had been in place since 23 February after the detection of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as ‘mad cow disease’). The Brazilian government stated that results of laboratory tests conducted on 2 March proved that this BSE case was “atypical.” The decision to resume beef imports came after intense diplomatic talks, according to Brazil’s foreign ministry, as Fávaro has been sent to Beijing to meet Chinese officials. With China being the main destination for beef exports from Brazil, the agriculture minister will have a significant role in the delegation of Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is scheduled to meet China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing on 28 March. The news agency Reuters has reported that Brazil’s meat industry will have a strong presence during Lula’s official visit, as 69 of the nearly 250 executives travelling with the delegation will be from meat companies, including the world’s largest beef producer JBS SA.

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