president michel temer called brazil’s scandal over the sale of expired meat ‘an embarrassment’ tuesday as more countries suspended some meat imports from the south american nation.on tuesday, hong kong, japan and mexico announced that they were halting at least some brazilian meat imports. they joined the european union, china and chile, dealing a major blow to the struggling economy of a country that is among the world’s largest exporters of meat.temer sought to play down the scandal, calling it a “fuss” and noting that only three of the more than 4,000 meatpacking plants in brazil had been forced to close. but he acknowledged the case has caused “an economic embarrassment for the country.”brazil’s trade associations for beef, pork and poultry producers warned that the scandal could have a big effect on employment and the economy because the sector represents 15 percent of total exports.so far, brazil’s government has barred the exports of meats from 21 plants being investigated, but that has not fully allayed concerns of the countries it exports to. sales for internal consumption in brazil are not affected.meanwhile, the us department of agriculture said in a statement that it had instituted testing of all brazilian shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products for pathogens and had increased the examination of those imports.brazil did get a small repri...