26 Sep 2005

Farmers crops in American Samoa watched for chemical levels before produce used for school lunches

7:02 am on 26 September 2005

Local farmers in American Samoa are hoping the School Lunch Program will soon accept local produce after warnings over pesticide use.

A Department of Education official says some of the local vegetable farms had been found to be using excessive amounts of chemicals.

Vegetables affected were mostly bok choy, and peas.

Because of the scare, the School Lunch Program has taken steps to ensure that none of the produce it accepts poses any health risks to the students.

It's likely that in future officials will be present when the chemicals are mixed and spraying is conducted.

Local farmers can expect to be selling their crops to the School Lunch Program again by next month.