Tako chips banned in American Samoa “due to cancer label”


The Department of Public Health has banned one of the popular snacks among children on the island “Tako” effective immediately,  due to the cancer label. 

This is outlined in a letter from Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua dated 20 July 2022. 

The letter to “all businesses (food establishment/non-Food establishment) and titled P65 warning food and skincare products prohibited to be sold locally. 

“Due to concerns raised from the public regarding food and skincare products with the P65 warning, the Department of Health has ordered such products to be removed from the shelves and not to be sold locally effective immediately.” 

Motusa pointed out that proposition 65 (P65) are warning out of the State of California which requires businesses to provide warnings about significant exposures that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, these chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. 

“By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposure to these chemicals.

“Because of such warning, it is for the best interest of the public that such food items and skincare products be prohibited from being sold locally,” said the Director.