"A lot of people don't understand that Singapore isn't affected though we import meat from Brazil".
The EU-Mercosur talks are set to cover sanitary and phyto-sanitary aspects of trade along with investment, IP rights like geographical indications, government procurement, and technical barriers to trade.
Mr Healy also confirmed he had written to the EU Commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis demanding that the EU insist on European standards for all European imports and to impose a ban where this is not met. "The Ministry of Agriculture has strict control and this standard made us enter the markets of more than 150 countries".
Some of the meat ended up in lunches at public schools, police said at a press conference in Curitiba, Brazil.
Common shares of BRF and JBS fell as much as 10 percent early on Monday after posting heavy losses on Friday.
The government suspended more than 30 senior civil servants who should have spotted the unhygienic and illegal practices.
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The announcements come despite a flurry of meetings that Brazilian President Michel Temer held with ambassadors and numerous assurances that Brazilian meats in general were safe. According to investigations, 300 companies are committing irregularities including JBS, the largest exporter of beef in the world, and BRF, the largest exporter of processed poultry in the world. It acknowledged that the raids had taken place, but said none of its top executives had been arrested.
Both have issued separate statements denying any wrongdoing and saying they comply with regulations.
China, which accounted for almost one-third of the Brazilian industry's $13.9 billion in exports a year ago, made a decision to suspend imports of all meat products from Brazil as a precautionary measure after police on Friday accused companies of widespread bribery of health inspectors to hide unsanitary conditions.
The European Union is the second-largest market, with 13 percent of the exports.
TODAY has reached out to AVA, other major supermarket chains as well as meat importers for comments.