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08/11/2017 09h00

BRF SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH COFCO MEATS

Document expands cooperation between companies in the areas of food quality and safety; Signing occurred after international seminar in Beijing

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BRF and COFCO Meats, one of China's largest pork producers, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday to expand cooperation in the areas of food quality and safety. "China is an absolute priority market for BRF and through this cooperation we can join forces and contribute more effectively to quality and food safety in the country, which maintains a growing demand for animal protein," says Pedro Faria, CEO Global of BRF.

According to Simon Cheng, vice president of BRF responsible for commercial activities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, "the signing of the Memorandum is an important step in the rapprochement between the two companies, since BRF has a shareholding in COFCO Meats since November 2016, when the company opened capital on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. " "Asia is one of the priority markets for BRF, which maintains manufacturing operations in Thailand and Malaysia, as well as commercial offices in Japan, Singapore, among others."

The memorandum of understanding was signed after the International Seminar on Food Safety for Animal Protein held in Beijing and organized by the Chinese Quality and Quarantine Administration (CIQA) with the support of BRF and COFCO Meats. The event brought together representatives of the two companies, government officials, international experts, academics and representatives of the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). Marcos Caramuru, the Brazilian ambassador to Beijing, also attended.

At the occasion, we discussed practices related to global perspectives on food safety and controls that ensure the quality of food. The extensive agenda of panelists was attended by representatives of BRF, COFCO and AQSIQ. "It was an excellent opportunity for BRF to establish itself as a benchmark in quality and food safety at a global level," says Fabrício Delgado, vice president of Quality at BRF.

About BRF

BRF is one of the largest food companies in the world, with more than 30 brands in its portfolio, including Sadia, Perdigão, Qualy, Paty, Dánica, Bocatti and Vienissima. Its products are marketed in more than 150 countries, on five continents. More than 100,000 employees work in the company, which maintains more than 50 factories in eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Malaysia, UK, Thailand and Turkey).