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Saturday, October 15, 2005

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U.S. rejects Katrina meals donated by Britain


From: MsnNewsbox

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday offered needy countries more than 330,000 packaged meals donated by Britain to feed Hurricane Katrina victims but rejected due to a U.S. ban on British beef.

State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the “Meals Ready to Eat”," or MREs, had been held in a warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, for more than a month after U.S. Agriculture Department officials said they could not be distributed in the United States because they contained British beef products.

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The United States bans the import of products containing British beef because of fears of mad cow disease, a chronic, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle.

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Early on, there was a need for about 500,000 readily packaged meals and the State Department asked its embassies worldwide to seek food donations. Britain was among the first countries to offer MREs.

The State Department said it did not want to appear ungrateful for the British donation and that it was working hard to pass on the meals to another country in need.

"We obviously want to find needy populations and get them these supplies as soon as possible, because if you need them, you need them now. So we're eager to resolve this soon," said Ereli, adding he did not know what the expiration dates were on the food packages.

Comment:

So let me get this straight ........ the US Government has fears about British beef – fears serious enough to warrant them not using it to feed US citizens, however hungry they may be ........ but they are quite happy for these products to be passed on to other countries, even though, according to US estimation, these products are potentially lethal ........

Hmmmm ........


posted by summersun70 at 1:09 AM

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