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Brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal

  • Brazil's President Michel Temer leads a meeting on the rotten meat scandal with the ambassadors to countries that import Brazilian meat and representatives of the agriculture and meat sectors at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer is holding several meetings on Sunday in light of a recent corruption probe that revealed Brazilian meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Michel Temer leads a meeting on the rotten meat scandal with the ambassadors to countries that import Brazilian meat and representatives of the agriculture and meat sectors at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer is holding several meetings on Sunday in light of a recent corruption probe that revealed Brazilian meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's President Michel Temer, center top, leads a meeting with agriculture and meat sector representatives at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer is holding several meetings on Sunday in light of a recent corruption probe that revealed Brazilian meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Michel Temer, center top, leads a meeting with agriculture and meat sector representatives at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer is holding several meetings on Sunday in light of a recent corruption probe that revealed Brazilian meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's President Michel Temer, right, sits with Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi during a meeting on the rotten meat scandal with representatives of the agriculture and meat sector at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer is holding several meetings on Sunday in light of a recent corruption probe that revealed Brazilian meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Michel Temer, right, sits with Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi during a meeting on the rotten meat scandal with representatives of the agriculture and meat sector at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer is holding several meetings on Sunday in light of a recent corruption probe that revealed Brazilian meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's president has met with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import Brazilian meat to reassure them after a corruption investigation charged that meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.

President Michel Temer said Brazil's "government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product."

Federal police issued 38 arrest warrants involving the giant meatpackers JBS and BRF, dealing a blow to Brazil's reputation as one of the world's leading meat producers.

Temer minimized the investigation, saying only 33 of the 11,000 inspectors at the Agriculture Ministry are being investigated.

Wrapping up the meeting, the president invited the ambassadors for dinner at a Brazilian barbecue restaurant in Brasilia.

Earlier, Temer met with his agriculture and foreign commerce ministers as well as meatpacking industry leaders.