According to a new report from Fox News, member of the Michigan National Guard complained that while they were staying in Washington D.C. protecting the U.S. Capitol they were served undercooked meals in some cases containing metal shavings.
Lawmakers from the state are now calling for a new food providers.
Per the report “the disclosures — which first surfaced in Michigan news outlets — were the latest reports of alleged mistreatment of National Guard personnel in the nation’s capital, where Guard members from several states were deployed both before and after the Jan. 6 riot.”
“The entire Michigan delegation in the U.S. House wrote a letter to the National Guard on Tuesday saying, “We understand that the decision was made to provide contracted meals to support the entire federal response stationed at the Capitol. However, it is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers,” the report adds.
The letter from lawmakers states “It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington D.C. are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided.”
A National Guard spokesman on Wednesday said roughly 50 members have been treated for “gastrointestinal complaints” adding that none have been hospitalized.
Lt. Col. Robert N. Carver said “since January 6, there have been no National Guard members hospitalized because of illness from food. Out of the 26,000 who were deployed and the 5,200 who remain, approximately 50 have been treated for gastrointestinal complaints.”
“Six of them were treated as outpatients at military treatment facilities; others were handled at aid station set up as part of the Task Force. The National Guard continues to closely monitor the quality and safety of meals provided to its personnel,” he added.