Carrefour continues to sell beef linked to deforestation in Brazil: NGO – Diario Digital

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So far this year, almost 9,500 square kilometers (2.3 million acres) of the Amazon rainforest have been destroyed, compared to 9,200 square kilometers in 2021 – Copyright AFP INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

French retail giant Carrefour still sells Brazilian beef products linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest despite pledging to end such sales, US activist group Mighty Earth said on Friday.

Carrefour suspended beef supplies from two JBS-owned slaughterhouses linked to deforestation in the Amazon after the NGO called on the supermarket chain to clean up its supply chains in September.

It said that JBS would no longer supply its stores in Brazil.

Mighty Earth sought to verify this by analyzing 310 products sold in the chain’s 10 stores in seven Brazilian cities in October.

“The results are relentless, Carrefour has not applied this suspension in all its stores. Mighty Earth identified 12 products sold that came from the two slaughterhouses in four of the group’s stores,” including the Atacadao brand, the group said in a statement.

Carrefour acknowledged that there was a “failure in the suspension instructions”, in particular those relating to two stores that were transferred from the Maxxi brand belonging to the Brazilian retailer Grupo BIG to Atacadao. Carrefour acquired Grupo Big earlier this year.

“We regret this and are checking whether other stores, which source their supplies directly locally, are affected,” a Carrefour spokeswoman said.

He added that the retail giant was “making a tremendous effort to resolve issues on a case-by-case basis.”

Carrefour renewed its commitment earlier this month to ensure the beef it sells is “deforestation free” by 2026.

Mighty Earth said that after leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the presidential election last month, Carrefour must commit to “zero deforestation and ensure the robustness of its implementation,” especially in its supply chains.

According to Brazil’s INPE space research institute, which measures the level of deforestation in the Amazon, 2022 is already a record year.

So far this year, almost 9,500 square kilometers (2.3 million acres) have been destroyed, compared to 9,200 square kilometers in 2021.

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