16 Mar 2009

PNG MP calls for end to import of lamb flaps

8:03 pm on 16 March 2009

An MP in Papua New Guinea has called for an end to the importation of lamb flaps, claiming the popular cheap meat is killing the nation.

Jamie Maxtone-Graham wants the lamb flap ban because of what he says is the link to increasing heart disease, diabetes and blood pressure.

PNG's National newspaper quotes the MP as saying there is nothing healthy in lamb flaps.

He says they contain almost 95 per cent fat and five per cent protein, yet they are almost everywhere on the roadside markets on lunch and dinner tables and in food bars through out the country.

New Zealand and Australia export lamb flaps to PNG and the wider Pacific where they are extremely popular and widely available.