Anyone operating food stalls during the independence festivity in Port Vila must not sell bushmeat which includes chicken as it is illegal.
Stallholders are urged to sell meat and any poultry products that are purchased from approved butcheries or get it from imported retail products.
“Only safe meat products produced from healthy animals, inspected before and after processing is for sale to the general public," the Meat Inspection Service of the Department of Biosecurity (DoB) has warned.
Anyone found selling bushmeat is in breach of the Meat Industry Act of 1991.
Section 7 of part 6 of the Act states: "No person shall sell, supply meat, cut-up or store meat or meat product which is intended for (a) for export for human consumption; (b) to be re-sold or cut-up in any form in a controlled area for human consumption; (c) to be canned or commercially processed into any product for human consumption; unless such meat or meat product is derived from animals slaughtered in accordance with the provision of this act.
“Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the provisions of this Act, commits an offence against this Act."
Meat Inspection Staff and Municipal Wardens will be inspecting stalls to ensure there is no breach of the law, said the DoB's Meat Inspection Service.