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UPDATE 1-Brazil's JBS suspends cattle purchases in some plants

(Adds company declined to comment and details)

SAO PAULO, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Certain units of JBS SA
, the world’s largest meatpacker, on Wednesday
suspended cattle purchases temporarily following the arrest of
Chief Executive Wesley Batista, a source familiar with the
matter said.

Ranchers said the company "had no price to offer" after
reaching out to JBS buyers at the plants of Juara and Pontes e
Lacerda, in the state of Mato Grosso, according to the source,
who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity
of the issue.

The suspension was ordered by JBS's management, which did
not specify how long it would be in place, the source said,
citing the cattle growers.

JBS declined to comment.

"There is a market scare, some risk aversion, and JBS plants
suspended cattle purchases," Lygia Pimentel, director of
consultancy Agrifatto, told Reuters separately.

(Reporting by Roberto Samora and Ana Mano; Writing by Ana Mano;
Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Leslie Adler)

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