Members of the National Guard allegedly found metal shavings in over 70 meals and some were made sick by undercooked meat on Sunday, an ABC affiliate reported Monday.
A Michigan National Guard staff sergeant whose identity is being withheld said this is a common problem for service members stationed at the U.S. Capitol building following the Jan. 6 riot, 7 Action News reported.
“Yesterday, for instance, there were 74 different meals found with raw beef in them,” the sergeant said, 7 Action News reported. The sergeant also said “soldiers had found metal shavings in their food.”
“Just yesterday … soldiers had found metal shavings in their food,” he said.
Undercooked meals that are “good from the start” were then made “even more dangerous” by a delay of up to four hours before they were served, he said.
A typical breakfast was “maybe a Danish and some sort of juice,” while at times it was “clearly a dinner roll and SunnyD,” the sergeant said.
Another soldier complained last month that “Multiple soldiers have been getting sick and vomiting after eating,” the Detroit News noted.
“Morale is very bad; many have served overseas and cannot believe the quality of food they are being fed here,” the soldier complained.
The Michigan National Guard — which has nearly 1,000 troops still at the Capitol — released a statement Monday calling the reports “very concerning” and “unacceptable,” and said it was dealing with the contractor involved.
“The health and wellbeing of our Michigan National Guard service members is paramount to their success as they continue to serve in missions in the United States and around the globe,” the statement said.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office told local media that she had taken up the issue last month and had been assured it had been fixed.
All 14 members of the Michigan House delegation signed a letter Tuesday asking the National Guard to void the food service contract and find another vendor.