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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

WHO Study reveals kava is safe

A World Health Organisation (WHO) Study has said that kava is safe.

In the study the WHO has recommended that all kava products be available on prescription and not over the counter. It has also said that kava should not be used in patients with liver disease or a history of such or in patients that take excessive alcohol.

The news has been welcomed by the Fiji Kava Council that has been fighting recently against sanctions placed on exports placed on kava exports from Fiji to certain overseas countries.

Countries that had banned the import of kava included Germany, UK, France, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Australia recently banned the import for commercial purposes of kava and only allowed small quantities to be brought in by individuals for "ceremonial" purpose.

The WHO study should now provide more openings for the export of kava overseas from Fiji.

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