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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 12, 1999 – Fiji Village News)---The Cabinet has agreed to prohibit the sale of lamb flaps (fatty meat along the ribs) in the country.

Concerns were first raised in a Cabinet meeting earlier this year, as it reviewed the quality of imported meat and its effect on the health of the people of Fiji.

A paper submitted by the Minister for Commerce, Business Development and Investment, Anup Kumar, said there was no legislation prescribing the fat content in meat and meat products sold in Fiji.

The paper maintains that suppliers and retailers were fully aware of the large fat content of lamb flaps but that they did not take this into account because of the flap’s popularity with low-income workers and fast food outlets.

The order will come into force when it is published in the official Gazette.

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