New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu and one of the biggest islands in Polynesia Savai''i.
Population - 2011: 193,161
Legal system: Based on English common law and local customs; judicial review of legislative acts with respect to fundamental rights of the citizen.
- Food Law / Code
An Act to amend the Fisheries Act 1988 to provide a system of regulation for the processing and trade of fish and fish products and for other purposes.
An Act to amend the Fisheries Act 1988. Covers: Local Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration & Licensing; Foreign Fishing Vessel Licences; Appointment of Agents; Other Licences & Authorisations; and Observors.
An Act to provide for the establishment of meat export facilities and controls relating thereto.
An Act to impose a tax on bottles and cans in which certain beverages are imported into Western Samoa.
An Act to make provision for informative labelling and marking of goods and for the prevention of deceptive or misleading packaging, labelling and advertising.
Covers: (1) Preliminary; (2) Fisheries Conservation, Management & Development; (3) Foreign Fishing; (4) Other Licenses & Authorisations; (5) General Licensing (6) Powers of Authorised Officers & Legal Proceedings; (7) Regulations; (8) Other Matter Amendments & Savings.
An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to plants and plant diseases. Covers: (1) Preliminary; (2) Importation; (3) Disease Control; (4) Plant Control; (5) Administration; and (6) Miscellaneous.
Covers: Beer made from Malt; Wine; Champagne; Vermouths, Other fermented beverages; Ginger Beer, Herb Beer & other non-alcoholic beverages; Spirits; Whisky; Liqueurs; Brandy; Gin; Rum; and Bitters.
Covers: Sugar confectionary, not containing cocoa; Chocolate & other food preparations; Spa waters, and aerated water, ice and snow; Lemonade, flavoured spa waters & aerated waters, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Includes alcoholic beverages (as per Alcohol Excise Tax Rate Act ) and a range of other non-food / beverage excise items.
Covers: Sale of Food and Drugs; New Drugs; Further Special Provisions as to Drugs; Powers & Duties of Officers; Analysis of Food & Drugs; and Miscellaneous.
An Ordinance to control and maintain the standard of primary produce exported from Samoa.
Covers: (1) Adminstration; (2) Buildings; (3) Nuisances, Pollution of Watercourses; (4) Infectious Diseases; (5) Abattoirs, Bakeries and Dairies; and (6) Miscellaneous.