Of the 13 facilities, five concern cattle, five are for pork meat and three for poultry. Six of the authorised slaughterhouses are located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Among the five plants approved for beef exports to China there are two units belonging to Marfrig, and the others are from JBS, Naturafrig and Frigorifico Sul. Francisco Turra, President, Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) said the increase in meat exports would attract new investments, enable the expansion of the country’s slaughter capacity and foster job creation.

According to Turra, more Brazilian meat plants should obtain approval for exports in the coming weeks as some establishments are still in the process of accreditation for shipments to the Asian market. The demand for Brazilian meat is said to be mainly driven by the outbreak of African swine fever, which has decimated a sizable portion of the Chinese herd. Brazil now has 16 pork and 46 chicken plants qualified to sell to China.

Sources: Correio do Povo/Extra