JBS proclaims its innocence in corruption investigation
June 17, 2009
by Bryan Salvage
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — JBS S.A. is among several Brazilian meat packers and leather companies being investigated by Brazil's federal prosecutor's office in what’s being labeled a corruption case that has targeted several companies in the beef industry, according to Reuters. Specifically, the investigation is looking into allegations of bribing public officials, racketeering, corruption, fraud and collusion, a representative at the federal prosecutor's office told Reuters.
"JBS affirms that it does not have any involvement in crimes associated with this Federal Superintendence of Agriculture investigation in the State of Rondônia, or in any other State," JBS responded in a statement e-mailed to MEATPOULTRY.com. "The company, although unaware of the precise details of the investigation, has made itself available to the federal police and will cooperate with them fully at all times."
JBS went on to say it was visited by the federal police of the State of Rondônia at its plant in the City of Porto Velho on June 16. A warrant had been issued by the Federal Justice of the State of Rondônia to search and capture documents.
The company added it received the federal police and contributed to the investigation. Documents related to the federal inspection were collected, as well audit reports, copy of the plant operational licenses and more. No electronic data storage devices, computer or any kind of equipment, however, was detained, due to a lack of evidence that any crime was committed, JBS said.