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Barretos, July 8, 2009 - Minerva S.A. (BOVESPA: BEEF3; Bloomberg: BEEF3.BZ; Reuters: BEEF3.SA), one of the leading producers and sellers in Brazil of beef, leather and live cattle for export, is already establishing procedures for conducting business with its suppliers located in the state of Pará, further confirming the Company‘s policy of advocating the preservation of the Amazon Region and compliance with all environmental legislation.

Among the main points established, Minerva has committed to not acquire cattle from farms: (1) that appear on the lists of banned areas and areas with slave labor published on the internet by the environmental protection agency IBAMA and by the Ministry of Labor; and (2) that are involved, following notification by the Federal Prosecutors‘ Office to the Company, in legal actions (criminal or civil) related to the practice of slave labor or that have been convicted of invading indigenous lands or other land conflicts (fraudulent land claims / illegal deforestation).

Furthermore, the Company reaffirms that it does not operate plants in the state of Pará, that it was already in compliance with current legislation concerning the commercialization of animals from qualified farms, and that it also requires such practices from its beef suppliers.

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