25 Jul 2006

Calls for Samoan government to ban imports of some meat products

3:02 pm on 25 July 2006

The Samoan Government has been urged to ban the importation of mutton flaps and turkey tails.

MP Motuopua'a Aisoli Vaai has told parliament that such foodstuffs are unhealthy and the government must ban them from the country if it is serious about promoting health.

The first term parliamentarian says the country has seen a large increase in people with diabetes, heart attacks and other weight-related diseases.

Dr Vaai says Tonga and Fiji have banned mutton flaps and turkey tails and Samoa should do the same.

He says if the government does not support a ban it should increase the excise tax for such food items.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele says a ban should have been imposed a long time ago.

But he warned if cheap food items were banned, more expensive brands would have to replace them.