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Ivermectin-Tainted Brazilian Beef Products Also Shipped to Belgium.

17 September 2010 - Belgian food safety officials have decided to reject a 19.8 ton consignment of frozen cooked beef from Brazil.

The Belgian Food Safety Agency (FAVV-AFSCA) said that it detected high levels of Ivermectin in the shipment upon arrival in Belgium.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic medication traditionally used against worms. It is also used in veterinary medicine, particularly for horses, dogs and cats.

The drug was also found in May in US imports of Brazilian corned beef.

That discovery prompted wider testing and, in June, the USDA said that it had found the drug again in imported cans of Hormel Corned beef and other products that all came from the same Brazilian plant.

This resulted in a series of recalls on the US market conducted by the importing company Chicago-based Samco Inc., a subsidiary of Brazil's JBS.

Earlier this week, however, the USDA said it discovered that Samco Inc. had continued to import banned beef from a Brazilian production facility.
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