Samoa unaffected by global rise in pork prices

Samoa appears to have been spared high pork prices after the discovery of the African swine fever in China led to the culling of over one million pigs in the world's largest exporter.

Pork prices in Australia and New Zealand are reportedly on the rise following the discovery of the disease in China. 

However, local Samoan wholesalers said they are not aware of the rise in pork or meat prices generally.

A Lynn Supermarket supervisor, who did not want to be identified, said they do not sell overseas pork and consequently are not affected. 

“We don’t sell overseas pork, we only have the local pork and I can say that we are not having problems,” he said in an interview with Samoa Observer.

Staff at the Frankie's Supermarket expressed similar sentiments and said they have stocked up their supplies four months in advance.

Other supermarkets and wholesale outlets refused to indicate when questioned by this newspaper if they sell local or imported pork, and whether China’s African swine fever crisis would impact on local supply during this festive season.

The global market in pork is currently experiencing rising pork and meat prices but that does not appear to be the case with local supermarkets and wholesalers.

According to the New Zealand Herald, about 85 per cent of New Zealand’s red meat is exported, meaning that domestic prices are linked to the global market.

Wholesalers says that if its happening to the New Zealand and Australia consumption market then Samoa is most likely to face it soon.

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