Consumer Council calls for immediate halt on the sale of lamb flaps

Consumer Council calls for immediate halt on the sale of lamb flaps

By Shanil Singh
Thursday 07/04/2022
Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Seema Shandil.

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on all supermarkets, butchers and other meat retailers to stop the sale of lamb flaps which is still illegal in Fiji.

Lamb flaps are prepared from the underbelly of sheep which contains up to 50 percent fat.

CEO Seema Shandil says the sale of lamb flaps was discovered by the Council during its routine market surveillance and upon investigations it was discovered that most meat retailers have the notion that the ban is no longer in-force.

Shandil says this particular ban was enforced as lamb flaps are discarded parts of the lamb that may not be healthy for consumers.

She says the Council is disappointed that this product has made its way back in to our market despite legal provisions in place prohibiting it.

Shandil says they have informed the Ministry of Health about the sale of lamb flaps for enforcement action and to ensure that the product is removed by retailers immediately.

She adds butchers and other meat retailers are urged to do the right thing and ensure self-compliance by immediately removing and discarding lamb flats from their freezers without the need for enforcement actions.

The Council is also encouraging consumers to be vigilant and be mindful when out buying meat, particularly during this festive period.



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