Rhineland police complain of ‘intolerable’ food from caterers

The poor quality of food provided for police working at large events in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is “intolerable and irresponsible,” the GdP police union complained on Tuesday.

Rhineland police complain of 'intolerable' food from caterers
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“For some time already we have been observing an increase in the rotten or expired food given to our colleagues on duty,” state union leader Frank Richter said in a statement.

At different events police were served rotten meatballs, putrid pork, bad sausages and uncooked fish, in addition to expired butter and cheese, the organisation alleged.

But the worst of food fouls came at a friendly football game between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, where officers were given pre-packed lunches that had blood stains on the packaging, the GdP said. This was the “pinnacle of the intolerableness,” the statement added.

“I expect immediate and appropriate crisis management from the Interior Ministry,” Richter went on, suggesting that the authority should sack the catering company responsible for delivering the bad food.

The privatisation of police force kitchens should also be turned back as quickly as possible, the statement said.

“The privatisation of police catering did not lead to the promised cost reductions, but instead to the opposite,” Richter added. “Our colleagues are treated worse and the taxpayer pays more for that.”

Though the GdP reportedly complained about the problem already in June, a spokesperson for the state office for central police services told daily Bild that they had not heard of the food complaints.

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