After a Press release by Yumi Toktok Stret was published throughout the internet, confirmed reports by Radio New Zealand say the Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office has started dumping tonnes of leftover relief food supplies that had exceeded their expiry date.
RNZ also said “pictures of the expired foodstuffs, including noodles, rice and canned food and meat caused an angry social media response with people asking why it had been kept for nearly a year after Cyclone Pam hit Shefa and Tafea Provinces”
But the director of NDMO Shedrack Walegtabit rejected any blame for the foodstuffs being dumped.
He said they had already expired when they were donated to Vanuatu.
The director said it is an important lesson and in future cash donations are the best option so agencies can purchase fresh food from local shops to distribute to those in need.
The Yumi Toktok Stret forum published across the region to Solomon Islands, PNG, and Fiji to alert them about the issues.