Thursday, April 26, 2007
No More Turkey Tail
In a surprise move, the Samoa government (the Independent Samoa, not Am Sam) has decided to ban the import of U.S turkey tail meat. This is part of a health preventive measure to stop people from getting life style diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart and kidney failure. The ban will be effective on the first of May and the government is considering whether to also ban other imported meat such as mutton flaps and chicken. Turkey tail meat, chicken and muttons are the main types of imported meat widely used by average and low income families . The ministry of health is concerned by the high fat content of the three different types of meat. Of course you are asking, what is Turkey Tail? Well, it just that - the tail of the turkey. Actually, it is the gland-like part that attaches the tail to the bird. Here is a picture. Hmm. Tasty. They must be using a very loose definition of "meat" to call turkey tail a meat. If you slap on enough barbecue sauce, it tastes great. Actually, it doesn't. I tried it once, my first month on the island. I didn't know what it was at the time, but it sure was chewy and more fat then meat.