On the 6th September, the BBC described how Hurricane Aid Flights Were Leaving The UK:
On Sunday the US asked the European Union and Nato to send emergency aid.
Two planes carrying the first batch of 500,000 standard issue ration packs – each containing enough food to last one person up to 48 hours – left on Monday.
Three more will leave for Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, to be followed by daily flights over the coming week.
The rations will be flown on from Arkansas to Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, where refugees evacuated from the hurricane disaster zone are currently based.
It came as a bit of a shock to learn today via The Naked Truth, that not only are the planeloads of rations still sitting at Little Rock, but that the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has condemned the lot as being ‘unfit for human consumption’ and plans to send it for incineration.
As reported in The Mirror:
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.
OK. So it’s The Mirror! But it kind of has the ring of truth to it when you tie it in with the rest of the mess the US authorities have made of Katrina relief. And if they don’t want it – then they should bloody well fly it back.