BRASILIA, Brazil: Brazil's Agriculture Ministry announced that beef imports from some Brazilian meatpackers were suspended by Saudi Arabia after the South American country discovered two cases of mad cow disease earlier this month in meat intended for export.
The suspension, which began on 6th September, covers five slaughterhouses in the state of Minas Gerais, the statement added.
"Technical information about the case has already been sent to Saudi health authorities. Meetings are being held, but there is still no provision for the lifting of the suspension."
Brazil, the world's largest beef exporter, temporarily suspended meat exports to China, its leading customer, after confirming mad cow disease cases, in accordance with a health protocol signed by the two countries.
Beef exports to China remain suspended, Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that there is no timeframe for their resumption.
Spokespersons for the beef industry have not responded to requests for comments.