What Fresh Hell Is This?

September 20, 2005

Will Bush Take Responsibility For This?

Via atrios, I found this article at the Daily Mirror.

Here's opening:
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.

Turns out that the British Government sent over 400,000 ration packs but the FDA at some point declared them unfit because of concerns over Mad Cow disease.

But had these rations not ended up in a warehouse in Arkansas, they'd be eaten by British Soldiers.

Can the Bush Administration screw things up any further?

More quotations from the article:
"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"If they are trying to argue there is a BSE reason then that is ludicrously out of date.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."
Can it get any worse?


Anonymous said...

The FDA and USDA bans on certain beef imports from the UK are there for a reason. Had the administration allowed in the shipments, and they were later traced to a rare brain condition among several evacuees, I'm sure you would be the first to blame Bush for their misfortune.

The genesis of the 1996 beef ban came in the Clinton administration. Whereas British troops are allowed by their government to eat the rations, they would be illegal to consume within American ranks.

If you have a beef with the beef, maybe you should discuss it with Mr. Clinton, and not Mr. Bush.

Jonathan Potts said...

Assuming that U.S. authorities are properly interpreting and enforcing the regulations, the question that arises is whether the Europeans notified American authorities that food was coming, and if they did, why no one in the U.S. thought before the shipments arrived that there could be problems.