"MAPA reaffirms that there has been no change in the procedures of the Brazilian inspection service, which has been audited several times by worldwide authorities and has been considered in line with all the necessary requirements".
But why such extreme measures, and should you be anxious too? Shipments of corned beef from Brazil will continue into Canada and the U.S. with no regulatory changes at this time. The government of Belize has yet to officially acknowledge the situation, or give any information on whether they are making an evaluation.
China, EU, Chile, Hong Kong have temporarily suspended the meat shipments from the country as news reports from Brazil's federal authorities revealed bribery investigations into the approval of spoiled meat.
"The amount is very small compared to the 6 million tons that Brazil exports every year to countries around the world", said an official from the department.
Investigators said a number of managers for processed meat and poultry companies bribed inspectors and politicians in order to obtain government permits for their products.
"The Brazilian Embassy informed us that 21 plants are being investigated and closely monitored by the authorities". Only 33 agriculture-ministry officials were fingered by the police, out of a bureaucracy of some 11,000.
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); Grace tinned corned beef is still being sold in St. Kitts and Nevis despite the manufacturing company withdrawing the product from sale in several countries in the region, and other neighboring islands imposing immediate import bans on corned beef and other meat products from Brazil over the past few days.
"We do not import any beef from Brazil".
BRF and JBS, the world's biggest meat producers, are among dozens of firms targeted in the police investigation into what would be the biggest scandal to hit Brazil's agricultural sector.
"I think we need to know more about where we import things from, especially things that we have to ingest".
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has suspended imports of meat from establishments suspected to be involved in the Brazilian meat scandal.
In Hong Kong, Cafe de Coral wiped some of its top-selling items - baked pork chops with fried rice, grilled chicken and wings - off its menu, to reassure customers.
Underlining Brazil's leading position as an exporter of animal products to 150 countries, the letter insisted that the agriculture ministry "is widely recognized for its rigorous and robust inspection service". The probe also involves the poultry market.
It takes a month or longer for meat from Brazil to reach Asian ports, so cargoes already loaded are now in limbo. The ministry took the action on the basis that there were ten local importers of corned beef from Brazil and one importer of chicken nuggets and chicken patties.