Walmart among US retail giants selling beef linked to Amazon destruction
Campaigners call for major grocers to cut ties with controversial Brazilian meat firm JBS
By Andrew Wasley and Alexandra Heal, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
February 13 2021
Three of America’s biggest grocery chains are selling Brazilian beef produced by a controversial meat company which has been linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, an investigation by the Bureau has revealed.
Food giants Walmart, Costco and Kroger – which together last year totalled sales worth more than half a trillion dollars – are selling Brazilian beef products imported by JBS, the world’s largest meat company, which has been embroiled in a string of deforestation allegations in recent years.
Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the non-profit data-analysis agency C4ADS established that in recent years the JBS subsidiary Sampco Inc has imported into the US thousands of tonnes of Brazilian beef, destined for grocery chains and other food companies.
The products include shredded and canned (corned) beef as well as frozen meat and steaks. In December researchers identified Sampco-branded shredded beef, produced in a JBS factory in São Paulo, being sold by both Walmart and Costco, and shipping data pinpoints JBS exports of Brazilian corned beef being supplied for sale in Kroger stores.
Between July 2017 and November 2019 Sampco imported more than 5,000 consignments of Brazilian beef products totalling 7,884 tonnes, records obtained by C4ADS show.
Responding to these findings, campaigners called on the grocery chains to take swift action to rid supply chains of any links to deforestation.
“Costco and Walmart claim to care about sustainability, yet continue to sign contracts with JBS,” said Lucia von Reusner, senior campaign director of Mighty Earth...
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