Fi­jian corned beef faces tem­po­rary ban in Samoa

Probe into al­le­ga­tions of for­eign el­e­ments found in prod­uct

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Foods Pa­cific Lim­ited’s Sales Man­ager Mo­hit Shri­vas­tav is cur­rently in Samoa in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims that for­eign ob­jects were found in Farm­ers Style Corned Beef. Farm­ers Style Corned Beef is a prod­uct of Foods Pa­cific Lim­ited, the sale and con­sump­tion of which has been tem­po­rar­ily banned in Samoa after for­eign el­e­ments were claimed to have been found in a can. Samoan me­dia- Tala­mua On­line News re­ported that Samoan Health Min­istry said: “The lo­cal sup­pli­ers, all su­per­mar­kets and re­tail out­lets are ad­vised not to sell the Farm­ers 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 web­site quoted Samoan Health Prin­ci­pal Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­mo­tion Of­fi­cer Si­ufaga Tuala To­lu­tasi that their min­istry has a stan­dard pro­ce­dure in deal­ing with such cases and when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­cluded, they would act upon its find­ings”. Foods Pa­cific Lim­ited has re­fused to com­ment on the is­sue, in­form­ing the Fiji Sun that their sales man­ager will be in Samoa till Mon­day to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Min­is­ter Faiyaz Koya said: “We have not re­ceived any re­port yet from the PICTA (Pa­cific Is­lands Coun­tries Trade Agree­ment) with re­gards to the is­sue (ban on sale and con­sump­tion of the corned beef. “Once we re­ceive the re­port, we will deal with it. “That’s a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle which has been pub­lished and PICTA is re­spon­si­ble of no­ti­fy­ing us about the is­sue,” he said.

Mr Koya said he could not make any fur­ther com­ments un­less they get any spe­cific no­ti­fi­ca­tion and the mat­ter has to be in­ves­ti­gated prop­erly.

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