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Funko
18-10-2005, 09:52:14
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4349916.stm

The US has blocked the distribution of 357,000 British ration packs sent out to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina, amid fears they are infected with mad cow disease. So what happened?

In total 475,000 food packs, some of which were vegetarian, left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on 5 September after a request for help from the US authorities.

The high-calorie meals, which are routinely consumed by British soldiers, arrived by plane in Arkansas and were shipped 355 miles to New Orleans. By this time, food inspectors had become aware the packets may need to be checked, but they could not get to all the distribution points because of flooding.

They intercepted 357,000 of the packs and stopped them going any further because they were deemed to contravene the ban which has been in place since the BSE crisis. Today these meals remain stored in a warehouse, at a cost of $16,000 a month, while the US tries to find a suitable foreign recipient.

Gary
18-10-2005, 09:55:49
Yeah, read this a few days ago.

IDIOTS - FACT

But I notice it's ok to inflict these "poisoned meals" onto those in the 3rd world though.

Petty bureaucracy, can't waive outdated daft rules in an emergency, but can waste time implementing them.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
18-10-2005, 14:37:21
They're not singling you out, they've already destroyed aid from Israel and are set to do the same with French and German "garbage" that was donated to Katrina victims.

Oerdin
18-10-2005, 14:42:15
This is old news. Just another example of stupid officials following the letter of the regulation instead of adapting to emergency needs.

Funko
18-10-2005, 14:42:46
It's new to us.

Venom
18-10-2005, 14:47:31
Millions of dollars of all kinds of goods have been squandered through bureaucracy, ill preparation, or unfounded fears.

fp
18-10-2005, 15:37:16
At least you learnt something from us during those colonial years.

Chris
18-10-2005, 18:41:09
Originally posted by Venom
Millions of dollars of all kinds of goods have been squandered through bureaucracy, ill preparation, or unfounded fears. Its a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Provost Harrison
18-10-2005, 23:17:56
Fucking disgusting. What a way to throw back hospitality in people's faces...

HelloKitty
19-10-2005, 04:17:03
At least they pretended to take your aid. They never even acknowledged Cuba's offer. 1000 physicians and full supplies for them to work sat in Havan for a week before Castro told them they may as well go home since Bush wouldn't respond.

Guess Bush took it as a slap in the face since Cuba's health care system is ranked better on most counts than the US (Want your child to live to 1 year old, move to Cuba, the third world country. Boomer with a bad heart? We win for transplants!!!) (the CIA worldbook is a great read).

Koshko
19-10-2005, 04:41:22
I don't think Bush even knows Cuba exists.

HelloKitty
19-10-2005, 04:51:23
Sure he does. Its where the mexicans in florida come from.

Koshko
19-10-2005, 05:08:26
Those came from the ocean.

notyoueither
19-10-2005, 05:44:51
I hadn't heard that there was a food shortage.

Funko
19-10-2005, 08:27:44
Originally posted by HelloKitty
At least they pretended to take your aid. They never even acknowledged Cuba's offer. 1000 physicians and full supplies for them to work sat in Havan for a week before Castro told them they may as well go home since Bush wouldn't respond.

Same happened the other way, apparently the US offered help to Cuba when they got hit by a hurricane and Castro refused.

Nills Lagerbaak
19-10-2005, 08:33:29
Well he does suspect Bush of trying to assasinate him!

HelloKitty
19-10-2005, 16:51:34
WIth good reason.

That and the US was offering to send american troops in to "help" not just a few planes and 1000 physicians.