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Brazil wins over new food markets as coronavirus crisis escalates

Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday the South American country gained or expanded access to eight markets as nations try to prevent potential food shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement.

10 April 2020, at 4:13pm

The ministry said Egypt has authorized 42 meat plants for exports to the African country, including 27 chicken plants and 15 beef plants. The ministry also said that China updated a list of authorized sellers of Brazilian fish products to a total of 108, the first such move since 2015. reported Reuters.

Indonesia approved an additional 20,000-tonne import quota for Brazilian beef, according to the ministry's statement. "Given the current scenario, some sanitary restrictions, which often make processes take longer or are used as trade barriers, are being forgone," Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina said in the statement.

While Kuwait opened up its market for Brazilian beef, Brazil will also start exporting fertile eggs to Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, the statement said.

In South America, Argentina has cleared health certifications for the import of bovine embryos, swine semen and frog meat, while Colombia bought Brazil's popcorn, the ministry said.