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Brazil’s JBS Should Get National Security Scrutiny, Senators Say

  • Rubio and Menendez ask Treasury’s Mnuchin for review
  • Letter mentions Brazil bribery scandal and links to Venezuela
Brazil's Latest Scandal: Bribes, Acid and Tainted Meat Exports
Photographer: Victor Moriyama/Bloomberg

JBS SA, the Brazilian meatpacking giant that spent much of the past few years battling fallout from a corruption scandal could see fresh troubles after two U.S. senators requested a review of deals made by the conglomerate.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. review transactions made by the company, which “engaged in illicit financial activities including bribing Brazilian government officials and the business relationships with Venezuela’s illegitimate Maduro regime.”