Mutton flaps, or breast of lamb, are an inexpensive cut of meat from a sheep.

Consisting of low-quality rib meat, described as a "tough, scraggy meat", if not well cooked,[1] in recent years their high fat content has made them unpopular in many Western countries, although they are widely used as doner meat in Europe.[2]

They are however a popular staple in the South Pacific[3] where their high fat content has been associated with the development of obesity problems.[4][3] In 2000, Fiji banned their import.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Lamb breast recipes". BBC Food. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  2. ^ Kentish, Francesca (21 January 2016). "You have probably eaten mutton flaps more times than you'd like to admit". Metro. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  3. ^ a b Watson, Katy; Treanor, Sarah (2016-01-19). "How mutton flaps are killing Tonga". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Fatty diet wreaks havoc in islands". New Zealand Herald. 2013-05-03. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  5. ^ Field, Michael (6 January 2010). "Pacific nations in flap over nothing?". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  6. ^ Cumming, Geoff (January 30, 2010). "Fat to the health fire". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 

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