First closure in Brazil, world's top exporter, specter of more disruptions

Cattle owned by Brazilian beef producer Minerva on a ranch in Barretos, Brazil, on Aug. 21, 2012. Foto: Bloomberg/Dado Galdieri

Just as the U.S. is starting to crawl out of its meat crisis, the rapid spread of coronavirus is increasingly threatening production from Brazil, the world's top beef and chicken exporter.

JBS SA, the biggest global meat company, was ordered to shutter operations at a beef plant in the state of Rondonia after a judicial ruling. It's the first closure for beef in the country due to the outbreak, ushering in what could be a new chapter of the crisis for Brazil's meat industry...

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