Samoa In Talks With U.S. To Allow Meat Export Into American Samoa

U.S. Department of Agriculture restricts imports due to lack of certified abattoir

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 13, 2016) – The Samoa Government is dealing directly with the US Department of Agriculture to try and lift a ban on meat exports into American Samoa.

At the inter Samoa talks, Samoa repeatedly requested American Samoa lift the ban on meat from Samoa.

The ban was not imposed by American Samoa but by the USDA because Samoa does not have a USDA certified abattoir.

The director of agriculture, Lealao Mel Purcell, said the USDA continues the ban on pork and beef from Samoa due to the risk of disease.

The only meat that can be imported from Samoa is cooked chicken.

Our correspondent said the Samoa Government is working on security regulations with the USDA so that the territory can resume the importation of meat from Samoa.

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You said Samoa has to have a USDA certified abattoir, correct. I worked as an import inspector for the USDA in A.S.Samoa has two Mobile Slaugthering Units, but no meat inspector per se. My question is a HACCP Warranty, as obtained by 6 manufacturing companies in Samoa , can they export food products to A.S.?

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