27 Jan 2014

Samoa health ministry concerned about unsafe infant products

6:29 pm on 27 January 2014

The Ministry of Health in Samoa has called on shop and supermarket owners and managers to stop the sale of unsafe infant food products.

This comes after an inspection found 31 percent of shops and supermarkets were selling expired products, some of them at low prices.

The ministry says it is very concerned because inappropriate marketing practices have put the lives of Samoan babies at risk.

The CEO of the ministry, Palanitina Tupumatagi Toelupe, says most of the infant food products out of date were in rusty or damaged containers.

A food bill is before parliament awaiting the third reading which, once passed, will enable the ministry of health to prosecute shops and supermarkets found in breach of the new law.