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Chinese veto blocks shipment of estimated 100,000 tons of meat in Brazil; domestic prices fall

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - About 100,000 tons of reserved meat are waiting for a veto opinion from China, which came just six weeks after isolated cases of "mad cow disease" became known in Brazil. The estimate comes from the specialized consulting firm Safras & Mercado.

The Brazilian Association of Meat Processing Companies said Brazil exported more than 100,000 tons of beef to China in September, citing contacts before the veto.

Therefore, it can be assumed that more or less the same amount of meat was prepared for shipment to China in October and is now stuck in cold . . .

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