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EghtesadOnline: The United Arab Emirates suspended shipments from six Brazilian meat plants and told importers to recall any of their products from local stores.

The six plants are operated by JJZ Alimentos SA, Frango D M Industria E Comercio De Alimentos Ltda, Frigorifico Larissa Ltda, Breyer & Cia Ltda, Seara Alimentos Ltda and BRF SA, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said Thursday in an emailed statement. It cited Brazil’s decision to suspend activities of 21 domestic companies allegedly involved in “unhealthy practices in the production process.”

According to Bloomberg, the six facilities ship products outside of Brazil, while only one of them exports directly to the U.A.E., the ministry said. Imports are banned for all products from the plants, including frozen beef and poultry, some frozen vegetables, honey and frozen fish, it said.

Importers were told to withdraw these products and destroy them if necessary or return them to the country of origin under the supervision of the food safety authorities in each emirate.

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