Tons of British aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED by America

  1. considering the very rigorous standards that the eu impose these days this story is just disgraceful as well as a slap in the face.

    hundreds of tons of british food aid shipped to america for starving hurricane katrina survivors is to be burned.
    us red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees.
    instead tons of the badly needed nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by british troops in iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption.

    and unless the bureaucratic mess is cleared up soon it could be sent for incineration.
    one british aid worker last night called the move "sickening senselessness" and said furious colleagues were "spitting blood".
    the food, which cost british taxpayers millions, is sitting idle in a huge warehouse after the food and drug agency recalled it when it had already left to be distributed.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    To my knowledge, MREs don't spoil. That's one of the reasons they are MREs!!

    Though certainly subjective if they are tasty and edible for "normal" civillian consumption (I'll spare the board details of what happens to the unprepared human being who deigns to live off these ghastly inventions :chuckle ).... MREs are the ideal portable food. Ya can literally store 'em for years and pop one open, heat it on a tab and you're good to go.

    I'm quite skeptical of why the US government/officials would burn MREs.
  4. by   Fluesy
    read the article roy. it goes on to state

    "it is perfectly good nato approved food of the type british servicemen have. yet the fda are saying that because there is a meat content and it has come from britain it must be destroyed.
    "if they are trying to argue there is a bse reason then that is ludicrously out of date. there is more bse in the states than there ever was in britain and uk meat has been safe for years."
    the ministry of defence said: "we understand there was a glitch and these packs have been impounded by the us department of agriculture under regulations relating to the import and export of meat.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    I read that.

    WHich is what I meant by "US Govt./authoritues would burn MREs". It looks like a 'glitch' and the DoD is aware of it.

    Maybe some bean counter at FDA was being over-zealous that day
  6. by   eltrip
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Maybe some bean counter at FDA was being over-zealous that day
    What a bunch of dodo brains!
  7. by   fergus51
    Beyond stupid....