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Rep. Christopher H. Smith. (Photo: Chris Smith.)

Smith says N.J. National Guard got sick after contaminated food at U.S. Capitol

By David Wildstein, March 03 2021 11:28 pm

Reports that National Guard members protecting the U.S. Capitol became sick after eating contaminated food has led to a call for an investigation by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).

“This is outrageous,” Smith said. “The women and men deployed here from New Jersey and elsewhere to protect the Capitol deserve meals that are absolutely safe and healthful.”

Smith said he’s been informed that “dozens of National Guard members from New Jersey have gotten sick from tainted food—with some vomiting in the Senate parking lot.”

“The provision of this bad food—whether intentional or not—must be thoroughly investigated,” said Smith, the third most senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  “The tainted food appears to be the exclusive fault of the private sector vendor, not the Guard. It is my understanding that Sardi’s Catering has the contract for food service, and a new provider of food needs to be found immediately.”

A report by The Detroit News on Tuesday said that Michigan National Guard soldiers complained of receiving undercooked and contaminated food.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the Pentagon to complain on February 17.

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