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Re: OT - [rant alert] This is the sickest thing ever!


Just when I thought the government couldn't possibly get any more
stupid.......
 I hope they barbeque whoever is responsible for this debacle.

 On 9/20/05, Eva Tompkins LaBonte <evatesq@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16147117&method=full&siteid=94762&he
> adline=up-in-flames--name_page.html
> It didn't work? Ok, I'll paste it:
> * * * * * * * * *
> EXCLUSIVE: UP IN FLAMES
> Tons of British aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED
> by Americans
> From Ryan Parry, US Correspondent in New York
>
> 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.
>
> Scores of lorries headed back to a warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, to
> dump it at an FDA incineration plant.
>
> The Ministry of Defence in London said last night that 400,000 operational
> ration packs had been shipped to the US.
>
> But officials blamed the US Department of Agriculture, which impounded the
> shipment under regulations relating to the import and export of meat.
>
> The aid worker, who would not be named, said: "This is the most appalling
> act of sickening senselessness while people starve.
>
> "The FDA has recalled aid from Britain because it has been condemned as
> unfit for human consumption, despite the fact that these are Nato approved
> rations of exactly the same type fed to British soldiers in Iraq.
>
> "Under Nato, American soldiers are also entitled to eat such rations, yet
> the starving of the American South will see them go up in smoke because of
> FDA red tape madness."
>
> The worker added: "There will be a cloud of smoke above Little Rock soon -
> of burned food, of anger and of shame that the world's richest nation
> couldn't organise a p**s up in a brewery and lets Americans starve while
> they arrogantly observe petty regulations.
>
> "Everyone is revolted by the chaotic shambles the US is making of this
> crisis. Guys from Unicef are walking around spitting blood.
>
> "This is utter madness. People have worked their socks off to get food
> into
> the region.
>
> "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.
>
> "The situation is changing all the time and at our last meeting on Friday
> we
> were told progress was being made in relation to the release of these
> packs.
> The Americans certainly haven't indicated to us that there are any more
> problems and they haven't asked us to take them back."
>
> Food from Spain and Italy is also being held because it fails to meet US
> standards and has been judged unfit for human consumption.
>
> And Israeli relief agencies are furious that thousands of gallons of pear
> juice are to be destroyed because it has been judged unfit.
>
> The FDA said: "We did inspect some MREs (meals ready to eat) on September
> 13. They are the only MREs we looked at. There were 70 huge pallets of
> vegetarian MREs.
>
> "They were from a foreign nation. We inspected them and then released them
> for distribution."
> * * * * * * * * *
> On 9/20/05, David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net> wrote:
> >
> > I got page can not be displayed
> >
> > David
> > http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Eva Tompkins LaBonte" <evatesq@gmail.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 7:51 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] OT - [rant alert] This is the sickest thing ever!
> >
> >
> > > If our country is not the most hated around the world already, it is
> > now.
> > > This is just freaking wrong and stupid.
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16147117&method=full&siteid=94762&he
> > > adline=up-in-flames--name_page.html
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Eva
> > > Long Island, NY
> > > Zone 6/7
> > >
> > > Honor our dead. Demand the truth.
> > > http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/
> > > http://www.downingstreetmemo.org/
> > >
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>
> --
> Eva
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
>
> Honor our dead. Demand the truth.
> http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/
> http://www.downingstreetmemo.org/
>
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