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Hanoi (VNA) – Brazilian authorities said on April 17 that the country will soon resume meat exports to Indonesia following the Southeast Asian nation's import restrictions for years over food security concerns.

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Blairo Maggi said the two countries' negotiations over trading details are in the final phase.

An Indonesian technical group will examine several slaughterhouses in Brazil, he added.

The minister said Brazil has also negotiated with the Republic of Korea on meat exports and plans to expand its markets in China and Russia.

In March 2017, Indonesia decided to stop importing beef and chicken from Brazil after a meatpacking scandal raised doubts about the country's food industry.

Brazil is the world’s top beef and poultry exporter and is ranked fourth globally in pork exports. The three types of meat’s export revenue amounted to 11.6 billion USD in 2016.

Brazil is operating about 4,000 slaughterhouses and meat production facilities.-VNA