But this isn’t the first corruption scandal for Brazil’s meat industry.
In March of this year Brazilian police raided over a dozen meatpacking plants – including JBS S.A.
Dubbed “Operation Weak Flesh,” the raid uncovered more than 40 cases of meatpackers bribing politicians and inspectors to overlook unsanitary practices – such as processing rotten meat.
Police found pigs’ heads crushed and mixed into sausages – cardboard mixed with chicken meat and chemicals injected into meat to hide the smell of rot.
Federal officials also found that some companies had manipulated certificates for export – including to countries such as Spain and Italy.