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Brazil's Minerva, Marfrig and JBS cleared to export beef into Thailand

By Nayara Figueiredo

SAO PAULO, May 26 (Reuters) - JBS SA, Marfrig Global Foods, Minerva Foods and two other Brazilian meatpackers have won approval to export beef into Thailand.

On Monday, Thailand's decision to allow beef imports from Brazil was announced by Brazil's ministry of agriculture without identifying which companies or when imports will start.

Minerva said its unit in Palmeiras de Goiás, its largest in Brazil with a daily slaughtering capacity of 2,000 head, received approval.

"With a population of approximately 70 million, Thailand ranks among the main markets in Southeast Asia, and its opening up to Brazilian beef which is yet another opportunity for the growth of our exports," Minerva said.

Marfrig's Ji-Paraná plant also received the export authorization, the company said.

JBS, the world's largest meat producer, will also be able to sell beef to Thailand from its Campo Grande facility, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The two other unlisted food companies, Frialto and Masterboi, also won the export approvals, according to a document seen by Reuters. (Reporting by Nayara Figueiredo Writing by Ana Mano Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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