Blog: Why was UK's Katrina food aid rejected by US?

Catherine Sleep | 18 October 2005

Here’s the thing: the UK sent 475,000 emergency food packs to the US after the authorities there asked for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Over a month later, most of these packs are still sitting in a warehouse at a cost of US$16,000 a month.

They allegedly contravene a ban on foreign beef that’s been in place since the BSE crisis. I’ll let that go unchallenged on this occasion but in any case, now the US is trying to find a suitable foreign recipient. Well let’s see. Ooh, I know, how about Pakistan? Or Malawi. Or of course there's Mozambique. There, wasn’t that difficult, was it?

Where's the beef?


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