The Brazilian government, fighting for the survival of its anti-inflation plan, announced a series of tough economic measures including an immediate ban on beef and poultry exports. The measures are designed to overcome growing shortages of meat, withheld from the market by ranchers and farmers unhappy with a government price freeze. The shortages are driving up prices and threatening the anti-inflation plan introduced by President Jose Sarney's government in February. Sarney's office in Brasilia said that all beef exports, including trade deals already arranged, will be stopped immediately. Poultry exports are being suspended pending a survey of the local market.
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