Russia blames JBS for Salmonella in frozen shipments

A frozen shipment from JBS Brazil proved positive for Salmonella, informed the Russian Vet and Phytosanitary Supervision Service (Rosselkhoznadzor). JBS is still waiting for more information from the Rosselkhoznadzor before undertaking an in depth investigation.

They are closely following the procedures established by the National Plan for the Control of Residues in Meats and the results of the Salmonella tests carried out as part of this plan. The shipment supposedly containing Salmonella originated in Goias.

The Russian Agency has decided not to embargo JBS shipments, but pointed that they’d warn the Brazilian authorities about any failure in adhering to the Russian requirements.

The Brazilian Government studies filing a claim to the WTO due to the restrictions on its beef exports imposed by six countries after the detection of an atypical case of BSE, informed yesterday the Secretary of Foreign Commerce. The Government is evaluating which measures to adopt in face of the decision of banning imports from Brazil, and ultimately, they will open a case in the WTO.

Japan, China, South Africa, Peru, Chile and Saudi Arabia have applied restrictions to the Brazilian beef.  Egypt is to define shortly.

This measure, would only affect 4.4% of the exports. Chile was the largest importer among those countries with 62,600 tons between Jan – Nov 2012.

The animal in question was a 13 yr old cow grass-fed, destined to reproduction in the State of Paraná, never developed BSE but was positive in the protein test. According to the WHO, Brazil is a country with negligible risk for BSE. .