World’s biggest meat company, JBS, linked to ‘brutal massacre’ in Amazon

A new investigation has linked the world’s biggest meat company JBS, and its rival Marfrig, to a farm whose owner is implicated in one of the most brutal Amazonian massacres in recent memory. The report by Repórter Brasil comes as JBS faces growing pressure over transparency failings in its Amazon cattle supply chain. Read more from The Guardian.    

JBS faces heat over ‘cattle laundering’ in Amazon supply chain

JBS has frequently been accused of links to deforestation. Now the meatpacker is facing growing pressure from Brazilian politicians and environmentalists to address the information gaps and transparency failings in its supply chain. Critics say these deficiencies mean JBS is unable to ensure it does not buy cattle from farms involved in illegal deforestation over a decade after promising to do so. Read more from The Guardian.

JBS buys U.S.-Based Empire Packing for $238M

JBS USA is buying Empire Packing Co. LP, its case ready production facilities and Ledbetter branded retail products, for US$238 million. The acquisition includes operations of five production facilities located in Cincinnati, Denver, Mason, Ohio, Memphis, Tenn. and Olympia, Wash. Empire Packing provides its grocery clients with case ready meat solutions and custom food processing and packaging services, and Ledbetter Foods branded products sold at retail nationwide. JBS said the transaction is subject to regulatory review and government approvals. Read More …

JBS’ Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants in Chattanooga hit with civil penalities for odor

The Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants in downtown Chattanooga last month were fined nearly $7,000 in penalties and fees for three violations over the past 18 months involving odor problems, documents show. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, responding to a complaint related to the 1591 Broad St. “kill plant” last Aug. 5, said that bay doors had been left open and a fan that disperses liquid for odor control wasn’t operating. Also, an odor control mister outside Read More …

The Criminals Win Again: JBS Signs Deal to Increase Sales to China

JBS has done it again. Today, Meatingplace reports the Brazilian meatpacking giant’s South American arm has secured a deal to sell over $700 million dollars worth of beef, pork, and poultry to China per year under its Friboi and Seara brands out of Brazil. “This agreement reflects the maturity and evolution of our trade relations with China,” said Renato Costa, president of Friboi. “It will be an opportunity for us to evolve in our supply chain in an Read More …

New Brazilian Class Action Targets Corrupt JBS in the Name of Democracy

Brazilian class action lawsuit against corrupt meatpacking behemoth JBS lays out the undisputed evidence that through bribing over 1,800 Brazilian politicians, JBS was able to take over U.S. Swift Food, U.S. Smithfield beef group, and Pilgrim’s Pride, launching their takeover of the U.S. meat processing industry and becoming the world’s leading meat processor.  The lawsuit demands JBS restore to the Brazilian public nearly a billion U.S. dollars of its ill-gotten gain. Meanwhile, U.S. officials have forked over yet Read More …

Brazilian Prosecutors Take Aim at JBS. When Will U.S. Do the Same?

Brazilian prosecutors agree with OCM’s position that meatpacking giant JBS is guilty of fraud that led to illegal loans from Brazilian state development bank BNDES. Through bribery, JBS secured the necessary funds to go on a spending spree buying up 40 rivals on four continents, including the U.S. JBS has admitted that but for these fraudulent loans, it wouldn’t have been able to take over the U.S. beef market. Now Brazilian officials are demanding $5 billion in damage Read More …

Petition: Demand an Investigation of Monopoly Meatpacker JBS

JBS Used Illegal Activity to Profit and Take Over the U.S. Beef Market From a small butcher shop in Brazil, JBS has become the world’s largest meat processing company and a dominant force in America’s food industry, and much of its growth is the result of illegal activity. JBS Bribed Brazilian Officials for Government-Backed Loans to Fuel Growth In a decade-long scheme, the meat processor bribed more than 1,800 Brazilian politicians to secure Brazilian government development loans, which Read More …