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Abrafrigo withdraws lawsuit against public prosecutor

The Brazilian Slaughterhouse Association (ABRAFRIGO) has withdrawn its lawsuit filed against the Federal Public Prosecutor (MPF) at the Federal Court in Brasília. The association had questioned the lawsuit the MPF filed two weeks ago against 26 slaughterhouses in the states of Mato Grosso, Rondônia and Amazonas for buying cattle raised on illegal areas of the Amazon biome. The MPF is seeking damages of R$ 556.9 million from these slaughterhouses.

The president of ABRAFRIGO, Péricles Salazar, said that the lawsuit has been withdrawn only because the MPF suspended the signing of Conduct Adjustment Terms (TAC) with the 26 slaughterhouses. Salazar believes that the MPF is 'coercing' the slaughterhouses into signing 'unenforceable' agreements.

The MPF prosecutor in Amazonas, Leonardo Macedo, denies that the TACs have been suspended. "It is very strange to file a lawsuit and withdraw it the next day. The TACs are still being signed," he says.

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