The police investigation Operation Weak Flesh has not yet caused a surge in prices in other major exporting countries beyond increases that were already under way. For example, the US futures in beef on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) was reporting a forward price of $1.22/cwt, the equivalent of €2.50/kg liveweight, which leaves the market 10% higher than it was six weeks ago. However, this is driven more by a scarcity of Australian imports than anything that happened in Brazil.

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