14 May 2013

Samoa prepares to lift turkey tail ban

3:21 pm on 14 May 2013

Samoa is preparing to lift its ban on turkey tails as part of conditions set when it joined the World Trade Organisation a year ago.

The high fat turkey off-cuts have been off the menu since 2007 when the Samoan government banned imports to lower high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the Attorney General is now considering legislation, which would only allow turkey tails in for personal consumption with a 300 percent duty attached.

He says there are questions over whether the ban has had much effect on the high rates of non-communicable disease in Samoa.

"There is other substitute food like local pork or imported pork, mutton flaps for example from New Zealand and frozen chicken."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the government is planning a health survey to find out how effective the turkey tail ban has been.