Brazil bans labs from food inspections amid BRF scandal

Business May 23, 2019

Brazil bans labs from food inspections amid BRF scandal

Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture officially banned three laboratories from conducting food inspections over their involvement in a food safety testing scandal that ensnared meatpacker BRF SA, according to decisions published in the official government gazette on Wednesday. The three laboratories run by Merieux NutriSciences Corp. ...

Hundreds protest Bolsonaro's public education funding cuts

World / Politics May 7, 2019

Hundreds protest Bolsonaro's public education funding cuts

Hundreds of students and professors protested against public education funding cuts outside a military high school in Brazil on Monday where far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was attending a ceremony. Bolsonaro's ultraconservative government sparked outrage last week when it revealed at least 30 percent cuts to ...

Odebrecht boss tells prosecutors of payoffs to Peruvian politicians

World / Politics Apr 25, 2019

Odebrecht boss tells prosecutors of payoffs to Peruvian politicians

Prosecutors said a top former executive of Brazilian multinational Odebrecht gave details Wednesday of multimillion-dollar payoffs to Peruvian politicians, including a top aide of former President Alan Garcia, who committed suicide last week. Jorge Barata, Odebrecht's former chief in Peru, provided details of "money routes" ...