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By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Neri Geller, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, announced Thursday (July 17th) that China has agreed to suspend its embargo on Brazilian beef. The ban has been in place since 2012 when a case of mad cow disease was reported in the state of Parana.

The decision was announced after a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff. According to Geller beef exports are expected to restart by the end of this year.

The government official said that in the beginning eight meat packing plants will be given authorization . . .

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