8 Apr 2011

PNG MPs prepare laws to band lambflaps from roadside sale

2:41 pm on 8 April 2011

A Papua New Guinea parliamentary committee is preparing laws to remove lamb flaps from roadside food stalls and shops.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the chair of the committee on health and family welfare, MP Peter Iwei, has indicated his committee will recommend an import ban through legislation.

He acknowledged the Health Department's concerns that the mainly New Zealand lamb flaps imported to PNG were more than 90 percent fat and had been identified as one of the contributing factors to the increase in lifestyle diseases.

Last year, the Meat Industry Association in New Zealand said lamb flaps were an ideal source of protein for those who could not otherwise afford meat.