Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., is calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to investigate after 30 New Jersey National Guard members got sick from eating food they were given while protecting the Capitol.
His request came in a Wednesday letter to Pelosi, ABC News reported. He said several National Guard members from various states, including New Jersey, "have become ill due to tainted and unhealthy food from a private-sector vendor."
"Some have even reported vomiting in the Senate parking lot," he said. "Alarmingly, the soldiers have noted receiving almost completely raw meat, some of which, according to press reports, even contained pieces of shaved metal."
The company in charge of catering the food should be dismissed and replaced with a new provider "immediately," he said.
"Furthermore, the provision of this food, whether intentional or not, warrants a thorough investigation," he wrote. "The men and women deployed here from New Jersey and elsewhere to protect the Capitol deserve meals that are absolutely safe and healthful."
Fourteen Michigan House members sent a letter on Tuesday to the chief of the National Guard complaining about the food provided to members of their station’s National Guard, CNN reported.
"It is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible and highly inadequate to support our soldiers," they wrote. "It is completely unacceptable that our men and woman serving in Washington, DC are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided."
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