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NZ fatty meat exports part of Pacific health problems, claims Samoan MP

A Samoan MP and former health minister has reignited calls on New Zealand to stop sending fatty meat such as mutton flaps and tinned corned beef to the Pacific Islands, saying New Zealand was contributing to health problems by exporting food not considered good enough to sell on its own supermarket shelves.Samoa's associate minister Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana-Gidlow, a former health minister, made the call during the Pacific Parliamentary Forum which ended in Wellington yesterday.She said New Zealand put money into trying to help with health problems in the Pacific Islands, where obesity and heart disease rates had grown, yet was contributing to it.\We ask New Zealand to stop exporting to any poor and less developed neighbours in the Pacific all your fatty products that are not for sale in your own country because they are not considered to be of consumable standards.\She conceded there was a demand for the products. \But as Sir Edmund Hillary replied when asked why he climbed Mr Everest