March 17, 2017 / 7:39 PM / 7 months ago

Wal-Mart asks Brazil suppliers to clarify alleged bribes to officials

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) has asked suppliers in Brazil to clarify alleged cases of meatpackers bribing health officials to subvert inspections, the retailer said on Friday.

A man talks on his mobile phone in front of a Wal-Mart store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Brazilian police raided the premises of dozens of meatpackers, including giants JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) and BRF SA (BRFS3.SA), as part of a probe into the alleged bribes. In a statement, the Brazilian unit of Wal-Mart said it fully trusts its internal food safety procedures. [nL2N1GU0P4]

Reporting by Paula Laier; Writing by Bruno Federowski; Editing by Sandra Maler

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