Brazilian federal police raided two of the country's largest meat producers after tips that employees had bribed inspectors to overlook rotten and tainted meat.
The companies, BRF and JBS, are Brazil's largest food processing companies with exports around the world.
U.S. chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride is a subsidiary of JBS, and BRF feeds huge markets in the Middle East and Asia.
Accusations against the company include bribing inspectors to allow salmonella tainted meat to make its way to Italy, using chemicals to mask the odor and color of rotten meat, and falsifying documents.
A top government relations executive with BRF turned himself into police for questioning over the weekend.
Both companies have denied any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, this weekÂ China suspended imports of all Brazilian meat following the scandal.
- Brazil Detains Meatpacking Executive After Raids In Rotten Meat Probe (Reuters)
- Brazil's Largest Food Companies Raided in Tainted Meat Scandal (New York Times)