“This is awful news for us. All these problems in Brazil make me sad about my country,” says Pablo Manfrim, a beef farmer from the Brazilian state of Sao Paolo, as we discuss the past four months that have rocked Brazil’s meat industry.

The latest blow to Brazil’s unravelling beef sector came on Thursday this week, when US secretary for agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was suspending all imports of Brazilian fresh beef amid “recurring concerns” around food safety.