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Report: Brazil's BRF negotiating leniency deal in food safety case

Food processor BRF SA is discussing a leniency deal with authorities in Brazil in connection with allegations that the company evaded food safety inspections, Reuters reported Oct. 18, citing local-language newspapers.

BRF CEO Pedro Parente represented the Brazilian company in negotiations with the federal comptroller-general, known as the CGU, according to a report in Estado de S. Paulo, which said the talks were in an "initial phase." The company is also reportedly in discussions with the federal prosecutor’s office, known in Brazil as the MPF.

BRF has reportedly offered to disclose the bribery system it allegedly used to pay officials at Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture. The company has also been accused of attempting to conceal claims of food contamination from laboratory tests.

The case led to the arrest of former BRF CEO Pedro Faria and also resulted in a temporary halt of the company's poultry exports to the European Union.

BRF declined to comment to Estado de S. Paulo about the matter, as did the MPF and the CGU, Reuters reported.