RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s Federal Police dismantled Friday a giant mafia that allegedly paid off inspectors to facilitate the sale of expired and adulterated meat, and which also bribed Brazil’s ruling party, officials said
Close to 1,100 Federal Police agents took part in the raids in seven of Brazil’s 27 states, where they arrested scores of suspected mafia collaborators including executives of companies like the multinationals BRF and JBF, among the world’s largest meat exporters.
The mafia was led by business owners and executives in the meatpacking industry and inspectors in various states, who took bribes in exchange for looking the other way, Federal Police said in a statement.
Soon after the Federal Police struck, the scandal widened to include politicians of the ruling Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB) of President Michel Temer, as well as of the Progressive Party (PP), who, Commissioner Mauricio Moscardi said, were also taking bribes.
As part of the investigation, Federal Police tapped phones and in one conversation, Justice Minister Osmar…