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Foods Pacific Labels Samoan Meat Products Claim A First

  The allegations of contamination in Foods Pacific Limited’s Farmers Style Corned Beef in Samoa have been labelled a first by the company in its over 40 years of business
12 Jul 2016 10:00
Foods Pacific Labels Samoan Meat Products Claim A First

 

The allegations of contamination in Foods Pacific Limited’s Farmers Style Corned Beef in Samoa have been labelled a first by the company in its over 40 years of business operations.

Foods Pacific Sales and Marketing Manager Domestic and Export, Mohit H Shrrivastav, confirmed the company has never in its history received any such complaints.

His comments follow as the Samoan Ministry of Health received complaints of alleged contamination of the corned beef with flesh or tissues other than beef.

Subsequently, the Samoan Ministry of Health has confirmed sending the alleged contaminated samples abroad for tissue analysis.

The Samoan authorities, through a public notice in the Samoa Observer on July 3, announced a recall on the Farmers Style Corned Beef.

Mr Shrrivastav said the matter was now with the Samoan Ministry of health who are doing their investigation.

“We are respecting their investigation process and they are doing their procedures. The results will be out and then we will all be informed,” he said.

Foods Pacific exports its canned meat products, which includes corned beef and corned mutton, to Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Wallis & Futuna, Tuvalu, New Zealand and Australia.

Meanwhile, Samoan Director General Health, Leausa Dr Take K Naseri, said physical verification & examination of the corned beef product carried out by their Food Safety Officers found what he called unusual meat products.

“There was also inconsistency of the labelling information with the food content.

“The concerned company & distributor have been advised & will be informed of the investigative laboratory outcome,” he said.

A notice was put out by the Samoan Observer on Sunday July 3 signed by Leausa Dr Naseri advising supermarkets and shops not to sell the Farmers Style Corned Beef.

The public notice also advised consumers that the product should not be consumed.

“The Food Product Recall notice is empowered through section 21 Food Act 2015,” Leausa Dr Naseri said.

It has also been clarified that this is a product recall rather than a product ban as per reports by some media outlets.

A leading Samoan news site, Talamua, retracted claims made in its report on the recall.

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