"The ban is the result a complaint from a family who believed the corned beef they bought from a local shop, looked like ‘body organs’ and not beef."
BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: WEDNESDAY 7 JULY 2016: The Ministry of Health has banned the sale and consumption of the Farmer style Corned Beef.
The public notice signed by the CEO says “Pursuant to the Food Act 2015, the Ministry of Health hereby recalls all Farmer style Corned Beef food product from all super markets and shops selling this product.
The Ministry is asking for the business community’s and the public’s co-operation on this.
The label of the corned beef says “Made From New Zealand Beef” and the product is packed in Fiji.
“The local suppliers, all supermarkets and retail outlets are advised not to sell the FARMER style CORNED BEEF to the public until further notice. The Ministry has also emphasized to the public not to consume the product.
The ban is the result a complaint from a family who believed the corned beef they bought from a local shop, looked like ‘body organs’ and not beef.
The Ministry’s Principal Education & Promotion Officer Siufaga Tuala Tolutasi told Talamua that the Ministry has a standard procedure in dealing with such cases and when the investigation is concluded, the Ministry will act upon its findings.
The Ministry of Police spokesperson, Inspector Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kaio was surprised that no complaints has reached their office regarding these issues.
He said there is a provision in the Food Security Act that warrants an investigation or legal action but they have to tread cautiously because there are some animals that are consumed in other countries that cannot go under the category of illegal food products.
The ban comes at a time of many reports of dog and cat meat allegedly used by some restaurants and sold to the public and some members of the public told Talamua that they suspect it is a campaign targeting certain restaurants.