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USDA tests Brazilian beef for pathogens amid meatpacking scandal

CHICAGO, March 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of
Agriculture has started testing all shipments of raw beef and
ready-to-eat products from Brazil for pathogens, an agency
spokeswoman said on Monday, as fallout from a meatpacking
industry scandal there widened.

China, the European Union, South Korea and Chile curtailed
meat imports from Brazil, the world's biggest beef exporter,
after inspectors were accused of taking bribes to allow sales of
tainted food.

(Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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