Carne Fraca (Brazil Meat Scandal) - Word of the Day
Thursday, March 23, 2017

CARNE FRACA

Carne Fraca literally means weak flesh or meat. This expression comes from the Bible and concerns how easily people fall into temptation

New Testament

This popular Brazilian expression came directly from the Gospel According to Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. Here is the biblical passage that originated the term:

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41

Brazil Meat Scandal

On March 17, Brazil’s Federal Police launched an operation against agribusiness corruption. The police are investigating deals made between auditors from the Ministry of Agriculture and meat producers. Moreover, authorities have identified the sector’s biggest companies in the affair.

Companies paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licenses.

Since the affair became public, Brazilian meat exports have been slashed to practically zero. On Tuesday, meat exports were down to an all-time low of $74,000 from $63 million. The number is 851 times lower than the norm.

The term “weak meat” in Portuguese is a reference to the poor quality of meat provided by big corporations. The use of the popular expression in the police operation demonstrates the weak moral quality of public agents. Instead of prosecuting agribusiness executives for faulty production, they accepted bribes to turn a blind eye.

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