AGRIBUSINESS: Largest Brazil Food-Processing Company Fights Fines

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Based on sales, São Paulo-based JBS SA is the largest food-processing company in the world, but just last month it was hit with a nearly million dollar fine for failing to meet cold-room recovery labor standards at one of its slaughterhouses.

In June, a Brazilian judge investigated complaints that the recovery space for cold-room workers at the plant did not meet temperature and sound comfort levels mandated by law.

Following the investigation, JBS SA was given 60 days to build an appropriate rest area for workers with necessary insulation.

The company says it will appeal the sentence.

JBS SA is easily the largest food company in Brazil, with revenue almost three times that of its nearest competitor.