9 Feb 2015

American Samoa warned over expired goods

3:12 pm on 9 February 2015

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce says the Department of Health should be vigilant in making sure shops are not selling expired stock, following shipping delays in the United States.

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa Photo: AFP / Michael Runkel / Robert Harding Premium

The chamber's chairman, David Robinson, says some orders have been sitting at US West Coast docks waiting to be shipped and that has reduced the shelf life of some goods.

Mr Robinson says there are a range of issues the territory needs to be worried about including price gouging.

"The other thing we have to be conscious of is the fact that in times of shortages, it seems to be a trait of humanity that the greedy amongst the community think this is a good opportunity to jack up the prices."

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce chairman David Robinson says exorbitant prices should be reported to the Government.