Notice to the Market
Note of Clarification about news in the press today
Barretos, December 13, 2012 – Minerva S.A. (BOVESPA: BEEF3; Bloomberg: BEEF3.BZ; Reuters: BEEF3.SA), one of the leaders in South America in the production and sale of fresh beef, live cattle and cattle byproducts, with operations also in the beef, pork and poultry processing segments, based on the news article published in today’s newspaper hereby informs its shareholders and the market in general that the sales to China represent less than 0.5% of the Minerva’s net revenue in the last twelve months and the company does not export fresh beef to South Africa. We highlight that sales to Hong-Kong remain with no restrictions.
Last Friday, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) maintained Brazil’s classification as a country with insignificant risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an official communication, confirming that the country is free from this disease. This classification has been followed by important countries and consumer blocks. In addition, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is providing all necessary clarifications for any country that has requested information on the event, with the objective of ratifying the OIE‘s decision.
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