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German cooking leaves more than 200 soldiers sick in Afghanistan

The Local · 14 Oct 2011, 06:38

Published: 14 Oct 2011 06:38 GMT+02:00

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Nearly 140 Germans were among the 206 members of the International Security Assistance Force soldiers who had problems after eating there, according to the Bundeswehr.

The apparent food poisoning took place on Wednesday and is currently being investigated, a spokesman said. It is not clear what exact symptoms those affected suffered from, but they subsided rapidly, a spokesman said.

The canteen’s kitchen was closed and disinfected as soon as the outbreak of sickness was traced back to it. It was then put back into service, and no new cases have been discovered since Wednesday evening, according to the spokesman, who said “the readiness of the troops is not at risk.”

The Bundeswehr has been accused in a series of news and government report of not adequately preparing soldiers for the Afghanistan mission, but no one has previously questioned its food preparation standards.

Yet German soldiers have previously been hit by food-bourne illnesses.

Between December 2008 and February 2009, 104 soldiers fell ill with the norovirus at one military installation in Germany. The authorities were eventually able to identify salad as the source.

Other military forces, including those of the US and Australia, have also recently suffered from food-borne illness outbreaks.

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13:27 October 14, 2011 by danceswithgoats
Given the conditions; I am surprised more people don't get food poisoning.
14:17 October 14, 2011 by Lachner
Not only that, but German cooking also leaves 133 million tourists per year sick. Just kidding! :) I love German food...but there are many jokes about how bad the food in Germany is so I couldn't resist myself.
14:51 October 14, 2011 by Celeon
Thank god they weren't eating at a british canteen. They would all be dead by now. :-D

And regarding the food poisening i can only say "Tonight ! We all dine in hell !" :-D
15:11 October 14, 2011 by reallybigdog
I think the local is trying to make a joke as the title has little to do with food poisoning which can occur anywhere in the food distribution chain.

The Local cant spell,edit or create good humor so we just have to settle for there low IQ performance standards.
17:33 October 14, 2011 by jbaker
When in Afghanistan, eat local Afghan food. When in Germany, eat the local German food. German beer is okay in other countries, because the local water is not usually good for tourists or soldiers!
20:55 October 14, 2011 by Patient-Observer
@reallybigdog: Interesting comment. By the way you mispelled "there" and should have typed "their" but I guess it takes one to know one.
21:10 October 14, 2011 by Fritzx
They probably ate some of my Fathers potato pancakes (he always said thats what he fixed while in the Army) I figure that one of the reasons they lost
23:54 October 14, 2011 by rutledm
Hey "reallybigdog", you with the high IQ, "there" should be "their".
14:59 October 15, 2011 by DOZ
Mmmm. Rouladen, Blue Cabbage, Potato Dumplings and Dobas Torte (no caramel). Only food my mother cooked that was palatable because she had to cook Anglo.
16:47 October 17, 2011 by Joe Wutbürger
When I asked my Spanish Kollegin what the Spanish for cucumber is she said "Sprossen" Can't be right surely? Anyway, what sort of soldier eats salad for cryinoutloud?
23:23 October 18, 2011 by wxman
That headline would be more believable if it said British cooking.
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