BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - The European Commission is monitoring meat imports from Brazil and any companies found to be involved in a meat scandal there will be denied access to the European Union market, a spokesman said on Monday.
Brazilian police raided global meatpacking companies JBS SA and BRF SA as well as dozens of smaller rivals on Friday in a crackdown on alleged payments to health officials to conceal unsanitary conditions.
"The Commission will ensure that any of the establishments implicated in the fraud are suspended from exporting to the EU," a spokesman for the European Commission told a press briefing.
Any deal would include a chapter on sanitary measures and food safety standards, a spokesman said.
Brazil exported $6.9 billion of poultry and $5.5 billion of beef worldwide last year, according to industry groups.
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