Samoa’s Consul General, defends poultry/meat exported out of Samoa, up to par

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Samoa’s Consul General Fata Brian Kaio says poultry and meat exported out of Samoa are up to standards as per Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) requirements. 

Samoa News reported the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is an international organization that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security.

The comments by Fata ware aired on KVZKTV last week after media reports about the importation of eggs from Samoa that were stopped due to unmet requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for commercial importing of eggs. 

Fata explained that Samoa is a member of the FAO and they have been working together in terms of the food safety and quality of agriculture, meat and poultry. 

“Samoa has the support of the FAO and the World Health Organization as they have accredited export businesses in the Country hence allowing them to send goods overseas commercial wise.” 

According to Fata, world leaders would never entertain heading to Samoa if they knew the quality of food there is not up to par with international standards. 

The Consul General has reassured that the food quality in the country is up to par. 

Earlier this month, Acting Director of Agriculture Siauini Taala, testified before the House Agriculture Committee, confirming that egg imports from Samoa are now on hold, while they work on meeting the requirements of the USDA.

He also confirmed the eggs imported last month that led to the hearing before the House held by the Department of Health, was not over the quality of the eggs but due to unmet requirements for commercial imports of poultry into the territory.