Support by local people ensures good quality food available says Neiafu Town Officer

The Neiafu Town Officer, Vāvā Lapota, has attributed the arrival of quality meat in Vava’u to the hard work and the support of the local people to ensure they were buying good quality food.

Rotting chicken and expired goods destroyed in Vava’u in February. Photo/Vavā Lapota

Lapota told Kaniva News it had begun to be possible to buy and cook quality meat in Vava’u.

He described the meat as fresh compared with the meat they had bought previously.

He said that in the past and before the disputes between him and Food Authorities, they purchased frozen meat that, when defrosted, released dark blood.

He said meat bought after the dispute released  light red blood.

Lapota had accused Food Division authorities of being indecisive and letting down the taskforce trying to control the importation of poor quality food into Vava’u.

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Meanwhile, Opposition MP Piukala raised the issue in Parliament and told the Minister of Health Dr ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu  and Food and Agriculture Minister Lord Tu’ilakepa that Vava’u  people had complained about poor quality food.

The Member for Vava’u 14 said people were extremely concerned about the ongoing problems of expired foods and frozen meat in dry containers being brought into the island group.

Dr Tu’ipulotu  said the government would provide a response later.

Eggs

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that fake chicken eggs were discovered in Vava’u last week.

Lapota said the eggs were reported to him by locals at Holonga, Vava’u after buying them from a local convenience store.

He took them to the Food Division office before they conducted experiments to check the eggs.

He said the eggs would be sent to Tongatapu for further scientific investigation.

The main points

  • The Neiafu Town Officer, Vāvā Lapota, has attributed the arrival of quality meat in Vava’u to the hard work and the support of the local people to ensure they were buying good quality food.
  • Lapota told Kaniva News it had begun to be possible to buy and cook quality meats in Vava’u.

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