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O'Herron, Petra C

From: IIMG, STATE [STATE.limg@dhs.gov]


Sent: Tuesday, September 06,2005 7:06 PM RELEASED IN PART
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We have been asked by USDA to find out the manufacture/source of the inbound MREs -especially those with
meat products. This is probably required for all food donations. It is possible they come from the same contractor
that supplies US forces, but that needs to be determined (if not before aircraft arrive, then by USDA health
inspectors on the ramp in Little Rock.) . .

Brian Lewis IThomas Lowe


Department of State and
Department of Homeland Security
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
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From: CMS TaskForcel D-DepCoordinator


Sent: ' Monday, September 12,2005 9:52 AM B6
To: Singer, Marsha L
Cc: TaskForce-1
Subject: FW: FINAL: MRE guidance

Information you requested.


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From: CMS TaskForcelL
Sent: Saturday, Septeniber 10,2005 12:53 PM
To: TaskForcel
Cc: TaskForce-1
Subject: FW: FINAL: MRE guidance.

Cleared by:
IJEB: Tom Heinemann
EB: JoEllen Urban
USAIDIOFDA: Sarah McNiece
PAIPRS: Tom Casey
Task Force: John Bass

USDA advised that it would use the guidance provided to them.

-----Orlglnal Message-----
From: CMS TaskForcelL
Sent: Saturday, September 10,2005 12:50 PM
To: 'travelingline@yahw.com'; 'Greg Franklin'; 'rmtkatrina-io@ofda.neP
Cc: 7-TaskForce-1
: Subject:, ,FINAL: MRE guidance

--The United States greatly appreciates the support it is receiving from the international community in the aftermath of
. hurricane Katrina.

--Our goal is to make sure everyone affected by Hurricane Katrina has access to a safe, wholesome food supply. I
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-- In particular, we appreciate countries providing MREs.
-- As we've stressed, relief operations are very dynamic. We are now sufficiently advanced in our efforts to feed hurricane
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victims that no .
additional FOREIGN MREs are required [at the present time]. I

IF ASKED:
"We will develop plans for the foreign MREs that may not immediately be needed."

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


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From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Wednesday, November 02,2005 3:18 PM
To: Smith. Taiya M(D); Amadeo. Stefanie(P) .\
Cc: Norman, Alain G
Subject: FW: MREs: Cable to Khartoum

TaiydStefanie-
Heads up -this is coming to you shortly. Hope you can put eyes to it in time to send out tonight.
Thanks,
Alan

From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 3:04 PM
To: Yamamoto, Donald Y
Cc: Drake, Joshua A; Norman, Alain G
Subject: MREs: Cable to Khartoum

Don-
This is reason for my 2 5 0 phone message to you.

Heads up that EUR and SPG are coordinating on an immediate action cable (for AF FO authorization) asking
Embassy Khartoum to contact Kingibe and try to get the official yes on the MREs. Taiya suggested the fastest
way to get a yes would be to double track with Addis, particularly given likelihood that Addis would punt to AMIS
anyway. ---
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Alain Norman is drafting the cable, and will clear with AF, EURIPGI, P and D. Hope to get it out tonight and get
a response by tomorrow.
Thanks for yours and your team's help,
Alan

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
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Mrozinski, Lawrence G

From: Irnhoff, Gary(E8EIPOIPPPD)


Sent: Tuesday, November 29.2005 2:45 PM
To: Mrozinski, Lawrence G(Main State Rm.5323)
Subject: MREs

I spoke with WeIford who has been in contact with Cliff at Food for the Poor.
Apparently, OFDA contacted Cliff directly since we last spoke on this subject. In their
conversation, OFDA informed Cliff of t h e m e x p l l d t i o n period of the MREs -1
(among other iteins associated with the MREs). This conversatio~lco~lvincedCliff that
he COULD NO LONGER accept the MREs. L
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1 am sorry.

I an not sure how this great idea of a inonth ago to use the MREs to feed needy
individuals in Haiti got screwed up. If we could have handled it as we did when we were
in Haiti (involving only Welford) things rnay have tunled out better.

Gary M. lrnhoff
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From: cliff Feldman [CFeldman@FoodforthePoor.MmJ RELEASED IN FULL
Sent: Wednesday, December 07,2005 6:42 PM
To: Horne, odd; Singer, Marsha L; Chan, Carol; Morrow, Michael K; Offutt, Denison K; Bass,
John R (OPS)
Cc: Cohen, Harold(GC/DCHA)(RRB, 6.06-051); Katchka, Elizabeth; Gutherie, Peter A;
Nieuwejaar, Sonja
Subject: RE: MREs -summary of this mornings discussion

YeahIplanek are only an option if DOD wants to pick up the tab with some C-5 S (laughing)
Cliff
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From: Horne, Todd [mailto:thorne@USAID.GOVl
Sent: Wed 12/7/2005 2:26 PM
To: Singer, Marsha L ( H S T ) ; Chan, Carol; Morrow, Michael K(S/ES-O/CMS); Offutt,
Denison K (S/ES-O/CMS); Bass, John R (OPS)(S/ES-0); Cliff Feldman
Cc: Cohen, Harold(GC/DCHA); Katchka, Elizabeth; Gutherie, Peter A(3422 Main State);
Ni euwejaar , Sonja
Subject: RE: MREs -summary of this mornings discussion

Hello,
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I just wanted comment on one point in this email which I've highlighted below..

Sushi1 advised that the best case scenario would be one plane out of Arkansas'bound
for Haiti, which would probably just require filing of a shipper's export document-in .
Arkansas.

The quantity of MRE's comes to approximately 1,000 pallets weighing 930 metric tons
(over two million pounds).

To move this cargo from Little Rock to Haiti via air would probably require 7 x 747
freighters!
I would estimate that each 747 would cost approximately $ 200,000 each, for a total
of 1.4 million.

If the cargo were to move via surface, it would probably require 50 x 40 foot
containers. The cost per container would probably fall in the $ 2,500 to $ 3,000 range
for a total cost in the $ 125,000 - $ 150,000 range.

Please note that the transport charges are estimates but they should be in the
ballpark.

I just want to make sure everyone is on the same page and that everyone realizes the
scope of the project.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE 1
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Thanks,

Todd Horne

USAID/OFDA Logistics

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From: Singer, Marsha L (HST)
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:39 PM
To: Chan, Carol; Morrow, Michael K(S/ES-O/CMS); Offutt, Denison K(S/ES-O/CMS); Bass,
John R (OPS)(S/ES-0); cfeldman@foodforthepoor.com
Cc: Cohen, Harold(Gc/DC~A);Katchka, Elizabeth; Gutherie, Peter A(3422 Main State);
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Horne, Todd; Nieuwejaar, Sonja
Subject: RE: MREs -summary oi this mornings discussion

I have spoken with the FSIS officer, Robert Collazo and the Customs Officer, Tim
Sushil. They advise as follows:

FSIS: We need to send Robert Collazo an e-mail (to roberto.collazo@fsis;us~a~-.gov-1.:


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explaining what we intend to do with the MREs, both in terms of needing to take out; abo.7
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Inspection: Our information should include how much product would be taken out,
when it would be taken out, what laboratory it would go to, and what would be done with
the food that had not been tested.

Ultimate disposal: Explain the details of what will ultimately be done with the
MREs, i.e., that State will assume ownership of the MREs, which would then be given to
Food for the Poor, which intends to take all of them to Haiti for distribution. Include
details on how and when Food for the Poor would take possession and transport to Haiti,
incl time frames, if known.

He will send the info up his chain so that he can approve release of the MREs.
Carol, can you work on this? ,

CUSTOMS: Customs would like more details on how Food for the Poor intends to
transport the MREs to Haiti. Sushil advised that the best case scenario would be one
plane out of Arkansas bound for Haiti, which would probably just require filing of a
shipper's export document in Arkansas. However, if the shipment is to be broken up and
sent out of different ports, other requirements, such as use of bonded shippers, may be
imposed. Tim had no problem with taking a box out for inspection, so long as FSIS
approves it.

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Cliff, please send an e-mail with more detailed plans for shipment of the MREs and I
will forward to Sushi1 for a response.

Let me know if you have any questions. I

Marsha
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From: Singer, Marsha L
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 6:03 PM
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cfeldman@foodforthepoor.com
Cc : Cohen, Harold (GC/DCHA)(RRB, 6.06-051); Katchka, Elizabeth; Gutherie, Peter
A; Horne, Todd; Nieuwejaar, Sonja
Subject: RE: MREs -summary of this mornings discussion
Just want to clarify that I leave following up on whether Haiti will or will
not allow importation of the MREs due to BSE or other food safety concerns, to Cliff
Feldman. I had previously researched the issue, received a response that it would not,
and attached the e-mail received from the USDA officer in Haiti in my prior e-mail, so
that Cliff can pursue this issue himself. I will followup with FSIS, which has detained
the MREs, and Customs as to procedures for release.
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Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 5:39 PM I
To: Morrow, Michael K; Singer, Marsha L; Offutt, Denison K; Bass, John R
(OPS); cfeldman@foodforthepoor.com j
Cc: Cohen, Harold(GC/DCHA) (RRB, 6.06-051); Katchka, Elizabeth; Gutherie,
Peter A; Horne, Todd; Nieuwejaar, Sonja I

Subject: MREs -summary of this mornings discussion


Telcon 9:00 a.m.

Attendees: Denny Offutt, Cliff Seldman, Marsha Singer and Carol Chan 1,

The purpose of the meeting were:

I. Clear up any misunderstandings

2. Articulate concerns related to the MREs

3. Next steps

Essentially, it is understood the concerns associated with the MREs


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which were donated by the UK. The meat products were deemed impermissible by USDA and some
of the MREs will begin to expire in March of '*06.

Food for the Poor stated they are wiiling to accept the MREs.

The following actions need to be done in order to finalize the movement


of the MREs.

1. Denny Offutt will talk to John Bass regarding diplomatic protocols


for the MREs to enter Haiti.

2. Marsha will follow up on importation of the meat products. Pls see


email attached

3. Carol will find out the following: a) Are the MREs separated by date,
answer no. When the MREs arrived they were offloaded as is, no separation was performed
since it was envisioned they would be quickly redeployed; b) provide weight and volume of
the MREs, pls see attach email from Logistics Officer; c) Will the contractor extend the
lease by about 2 weeks, answer, the office assistant said it would not be a problem I
however the big boss will be in tomorrow and he can provide the final decision.

. . . . .. .. Transfer o f the ownership of the MREs, from FEW


'4.. ,to'State to Food 'for::.
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Poor. State and.FEMA legal will need to work -thisout.. .Hal Cohen:.:rerninded me : that ..::. :. :::.,-.' : : ...
.. .there- were two options-;thatwere discussed.earlier: a) FEMA transfers-<..ownership to.St,ate;... .... -.I. ..
who.issues an in~kind. grant to.Food for the Poor, or b FEMA rescinds!:.(not;sure if-:this': i.s::;,. ::
the correct term) their custody;/ownership, State takes custody and iss.ues,anin-kind-.; : _ L . :::.
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grant.

Recent developments: I have an email from FEMA indicating State will


take over the lease. Does this mean that State will also take custody of the MRES too? Who
has the authority to allow an MRE package to be tested by Food for the Poor so they can
prove due diligence?

Pls provide comments/corrections/additions~if necessary. Thanks to all


that participated. Regards, Carol
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From: Horne, Todd
Sent: Monday, October 24,2005 1259 PM
To: Kotok, Sharon B(Main State Rm 5328); Norman, Alain G(Main State); Fagin, Steven H (SNPB)(SNPB)
Cc: Yu, Alan K(Main State)
Subject: RE: MREs for WFP in Pakistan

Alain,

We're ready to move on this. We have transport bids back and USAIDIOFDA will to pay for the transport of the MRE's from Little
Rock to Islamabad, Pakistan in order to supplement WFP's operations for the response.

I know that there's talk about sending the balance of the supplies to the AU in either Addis or Darfur. We're checking with our GC,
but we don't believe they'll be receptive in paying for the transport since it's not directly related to providing humanitarian assistance.
If the AU is still receptive in receiving the MRE's, is there a finding source from State or DoD that could pay for the transport?

Is the option of sending them to the W E depot in Panama City, Panama still an option??

Regards, '

Todd

Todd Home
Logistics Officer
United States Agency for International Development
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Ronald Reagan Building - Room 8.7.69
Washington, D.C. 20523
Tel # (202) 712-0234 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Fax # (202) 216-3399 REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
DATEICASE ID: ,23 AUG 2006 200503991
Email: thorne@usaid.vov
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kotok, Sharon B(Main State Rm 5328)
Sent: Monday, October 24,2005 11:16 AM
To: Norman, Alain G(Main State); Horne, Todd; Fagin, Steven H (SA/PB)(SA/PB)
Cc: Yu, Alan K(Main State)
Subject: RE: MREs for WFP in Pakistan

Alain--1 have a call' into WFP, and will get back tb you asap.
Sharon
-----Original Message----
From: Norman, Alain G
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 11:18 AM
To: Horne, Todd; Kotok, Sharon B; Fagin, Steven H (SA/PB)
Cc: Yu, Alan K
Subject: MREs for WFP in Pakistan

Just checking in, per my Dep. Dir's request, on the status of arrangements for getting 10,000 MREs to
Pakistan for use by World Food Program personnel.

I haven't been following too closely, but I wonder if you wuld each confirm the following:
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Todd:

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Status of arranging pick up of MREs at Little Rock by a plane that would then head to Pakistan

Sharon:
Putting the right OFDA and WFP people in touch so that the dayltirnelplace of arrival can be sorted out
(and the WFP people can be on hand to off-load right when the aircraft arrives)

Steve:
Is there anything we need to do re: Pakistani (airspace) authorities?

Many thanks.

Alain

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From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: ~ h u r s d aNovember
~, 03,2005 6:49 PM
To: Sterling, Adam H; Volker, Kurt D; Graffy, Colleen P
Cc: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G
Subject: MREs: Setback, but we're still going

Adam-
Please pass this to Dan, given D's interest in an MRE deliverable for his Sudan trip.

AU principals in Khartoum and Darfur provisionally agreed to accept all 350K MREs, pending a couple of
technical details to be worked out overnight. This was based on USG assurances that meat was all beefhamb
(AU understand they were not halal), and that there'was no pork.

We learned (re-learned) that all the MREs, in fact, have pork. ' ~ m b a s London
s~ resuscitated an email from
several weeks back reporting that. AF confirms this is a deal-breaker,fortheDarfur option (nearly all of AU troops
and Darfur lDPs are Muslim).

We are working with D staff and others to pursue a few options:

Southern' Sudan: AID has humanitarian relief program. lDPs are Christian, no pork/halal issues. AID Africa
.
DAA Kate Almquist told Alan she will seek some options, but discouraged AID distribution (AID does not do
MREs for food relief).

NATO Allies in Afghanistan (or elsewhere): PMAT considering how to move forward.

UN Peacekeeping Operation: PM in contact with UNDPKO.

We ask for EUR FO help on a couple of other possibilities:

UN Office of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA): Propose EUR FO ask Silverberg or Philo to call Jan
Eglund to offer.

Western Hemisphere: WHA initially reluctant to approach governments. Recovery issues continue and
MINUSTAH remains in Haiti. Propose EUR FO make another run at WHA FO.

Given 11112 lease deadline in Little Rock, we have to consider the destroy option.

Destruction: Cost: $1 million. May have debate with FEMA over responsible agency. Would need to inform
and coordinate with donors: UK, Russia, Germany, France and Spain.

Finally, on Italian meds: PGI sent an email (cleared with L and WE) to OFDAIFEMA this afternoon saying the
Department had no objection if FEMA disposed properly of the damaged Italian meds. We need FEMA to move
on that action too before the 11112 warehouse lease expires.

We will keep you apprised over the course of Friday.


Alan
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
DATEICASE ID: 24 AUG 2006 200503991

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From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Thursday, November 03,2005 8:42 AM
To: Norman, Alain G
Subject: FW: Funds for MRE transport

From: Smith, Taiya M


Sene: Thursday, November 03, 2005 8:30 AM
To: Yu, Alan K(Main State); Bass, John R; Padilla, Chris; Ranneberger, Michael E(AF Front Ofice); Small, Jason A(Main
State Room 5240); Cook, Nerissa ](Main State)
Cc: Frazer, Jendayi E; Thomas, Harry K; Kim-Mitchell, Elena; Moran, Roger 3; Walker, Alexis T
Subject: RE: Funds for MRE transport

AF works with PM on the funding of that contract, but AF manages it. It does not include anything on food services; the
African Union pays for all food services through an independent contract with PAE. I want to caution away from assuming
any available funds through the AF PAE contracts. AF and PM are struggling to figure out where to find funds to keep the
camps that they are constructing and managing for the African Union afloat.

Taiya

From: YU, Alan K


Sent: , Thursday, November 03,2005 7:42 AM
To: Bass, John R(S/ES-0); Padilla, Chris(D); Ranneberger, Michael E; Small, Jason A; Cook, Nerissa J
Cc: Frazer, Jendayi E; Smith, Taiya M(D); Thomas,.Hany K(S/ES); Kim-Mitchell, Elena(Main State Rm 6212); Moran, Roger ](Main
State Rm 5827); Walker, Alexis T(Main State Rm 5819)
Subject: Funds for MRE transport

All---
PM can put me back in my lane if I don't have this right, but my understanding is PM has contracted with PABE to provide
AMlS base camp support, including food services. PM is looking into the contract to see if remaining funds for food
services can be shifted to cover MREs transport. PM has raised this MRE project with PA&E (but no further info).

OFDA gave us back-of-envelope estimate of $200-$500K for sealift. $3M for airlift. Mindful we need to get better fix on
costs, but our sequential focus has been: I)
official (front channel cable) request from AMIS; 2) clarity on PA8E contract;
and 3) true transport costs.
Alan

From: Bass, John R


Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:11 PM
To: Padilla, Chris; Ranneberger, Michael E(AF Front Office); Small, Jason A(Main State Room 5240); Cook, Nerissa ](Main
State); Yu, Alan K(Main State)
Cc: Frazer, Jendayi E; Smith, Taiya M; -Thomas, Harry K
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Subject: RE: Reason I called possible deliverable for DepSec's trip to Sudan

Open question at this point. EUR, which has been doing much of the leg work on MRE disposition, has been working with
PM to see if they have funds that can be redirected for this purpose; I've looped Nerissa and Alan Yu to address that
aspect.

No funds ID'd for destruction yet blc we would most likely contend, ad ref to final determination by L, that it would be
FEMA's responsibility as the technical 'owner' of the rations.

JB
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REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA 1
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;From: Padilla, Chris
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:06PM
To: Ranneberger, Michael E(AF Front Office); Small, Jason A(Main State Room 5240)
CC: Bass, John R; Frazer, Jendayi E; Smith, Taiya M
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RE: Reason Icalled possible deliverable for DepSec's trip to Sudan

John:

Where would the money come from? I assume you have identified a source of funds to destroy them, if it came to that.

Christopher Padilla
D.Chief of Staff
202-647-8931 '

From: Ranneberger, Michael E


Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 5:59 PM
TO: Small, Jason A
Cc: Bass, John R(S/ES-0); Padilla, Chrls(D); Frazer, Jendayi E; Smith, Taiya M(D)
Subject: RE: Reason Icalled - possible deliverable for DepSec's trip to Sudan

Jason: Work with S/ES to make this happen. What are the funding sources? I can raise with AU rep Kingibe. Thx, Mike

-----Original Message---
From: Bass, John R
sent: Wednesday, November 02,2005 3:06 PM
To: Pad~lla,Chris; Frazer, Jendayi E; Ranrreberger, Michael E(AF Front Oftice)
Cc: Smith, Taiya M
Subject: RE: Reason Icalled - poss~bledeliverable for DepSec's t r ~ pto Sudan

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I neglected to note in my thumbnail that we would need to ID $300,00 $500,000 to fund transport to Sudan. Sorry for
the omission. Thanks, JB

From: Padilla, Chris


Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:53 PM
To:
Cc:
Subjed:
Frazer, Jendayi E; Ranneberger, Michael E(AF Fmnt Office)
Bass, John R; Smlth, Taiya M
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MI: Reason Icalled possible deliverable for DepSec's trip to Sudan
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The Deputy would like to be able to announce that we will provide these MREs to the AU peacekeeping soldiers during
his trip next week, if the AU will accept them. I gather that Charge Huddleston has been working it, but wanted to
make sure you are familiar with it as well. Do you think we could make this happen? Would indeed be a nice
deliverable for the trip.

Chris I
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D Chief of Staff
202-647-8931

From: Bas, John R


Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:25 PM
To: Padilla, Chris
Subject: Reason Icalled - possible deliverable for DepSec's trip to Sudan

Chris --

Wanted to make sure you were aware of a possible deliverable that may not have percolated up through AF front
office:

-- we have offered the African Union approximately 350,000 foreign-origin MREs for its use in supporting AU
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; contingent deployed in Darfur.

- These rations were provided by our friends and allies for Hurricane Katrina relief but were rejected by USDA and
FDA because they had not been produced in USDA~approvedslaughterhouses and processing plants. Since that
ruling, they have essentially been in limbo. Physically located in Arkansas but not cleared for entry into U.S. 'food
chain.'

-- Donating countries (bulk are LIK-origin) do not want them back blc of embarrassment and negative press angle.
DoD will not accept them for consumption by U.S. troops. Other possibilities (eg, providing to Guatemala for post-
Hurrican relief) dried up after negative Washington Post story about three weeks ago. Pakistan not interested blc
they're not Halal. UN agencies sim~larlyuninterested.

-- EUR has been coordinating efforts to move them before FEMA pulls the plug on warehouse funding middle of
november. Donation to the AU strikes us as last, best opportunity to turn this into a win-win. If this doesn't work out,
we're looking at having to destroy them, with all the negative repercussions that entails for our allies who provided
them in good faith in our time of need.

This has gotten some attention in AF, and I believe our ambassador in Addis is poised to weigh in with the AU to move
it forward. But I'd hate to see us miss an opportunity to.finalize this and be able to announce it during the Deputy
Secretary's trip next week.

Happy to discuss further if that would be helpful.

Cheers, JB I

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Susan,

Let me see if I can clarify:


I.We in PGI had the impression that there were no objections to trying to put these things to
good use, even if details were yet to be determined.
2. The MREs are on our hands. so while we want our donors friends to be as happy as possible,
we're going to have to act.
3. 1 have no objection to informing the French and Spanish that we are on the verge of acting

From: Ball, Susan M (EUR)


Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 2:41 PM
To: Norman, Alain G
Cc: Yu, Alan K; Cook, Nerissa 3; EUR-WE-DL
Subject: FW: Urgent Clearance Request: MRE Disposition Action Memo
Importance: High

Alain -- Where do we stand on this memo, in light of WE's stated concerns about the
representation regarding donors' wishes? It seems to me we have two options: 1) try to secure,
as soon as possible French and Spanish agreement to our plan or 2) move forward with informing
them. Clearly, option I is the preferred course.
I assume there are pressing practical and logistical concerns that dictate fast action. Based on
those pressures, I guess principals could even decide to move ahead without obtaining explicit
agreement from donors. Given the time that has passed since Katrina and the fact that the
MRES will go to a variety of different recipients, I think French concerns may be mitigated. And, if
we explain that there is no way to separate the French MREs from the others -- to return or
destroy them -- they would likely agree that this solution is the best we have before us.

Bottom line, however, is that we would not be serving our principals well if we make a
representation about the donors to them that is patently untrue about and could come back to bite
them. Susan

From: Norman, Alaln G


Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:Ol AM
To: Kasanof, Alexander I;Roy, Kenneth M; Cewetti, Angela M; Clernents, Gary A; Ball, Susan M (EUR);
Rofman, Amy 3
Subject FW: Urgent Clearance Request: MRE Disposition Action Memo
Importance: High

FYI.

Sorry I did ilot get this to you all earlier - we were in hyper-speed mode trying to push it up the
chain fast. . ,

I understand the memo is with M now, and that CMS has soughtlgotten P clearance.

Still, if you have any major issueslobjections, please let me know.

Thanks.

Alain

--

From: Morrow, Michael K


Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:48 PM

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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For Immediate Release October 14,2005


20051950

Question Taken at October 14,2005 Daily Press Briefing B2pc


Question: How inany MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) did the U.S. receive in total from all
countries in response to Hurricane Katrina?

Answer: The United States received approximately 507,000 MREs. The MREs not
distributed and currently warehoused in Little Rock number approximately 371,000. Of
that number, approximately 349,000 are from the United Kingdom, 3,000 from Germany,
10,000 from Russia, 1,000 from France and 8,000 from Spain.

Question: How is the United States identifying countries who wish to receive those
MREs that the USDA has said we cannot distribute?

Answer: We &e discussing possibilities with other governments and international


organizations, looking to match pressing needs with these available resources.

Question: Has a,cablebeen sent to posts instructing them to offer the MREs to their host
governments? If so, when was this sent? If not, how has the State Department
communicated to others that it is willing to pass these along to a country that can use
them?

Answer: No worldwide cable has been sent.. The State Department is reaching out via
diplomatic channels to determine who might best be able to put these MREs to:immediate
use.

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MRE Situation and MRE Contents


i
Most of the Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) in question are from the UK*
(about 300,000 of some 340,000). Other sources of the MREs included
France, Germany, Russia and Spain.

The World Food Program took 10,000 MREs to feed its personnel doing
I
humanitarian work in Pakistan last month.

The MREs contain beef, lamb and pork. The beef and lamb are I

predominantly sourced from non-EU countries (South America and New


Zealand) but there small amounts from Spain. We do not believe many
vegetarian MREs, if any, remain.

We understand that Haiti and Honduras, among other countries, do not keep
UK beef or beef products fiom being imported.**

The shelf-life of the MREs is until approximately mid-2006. Accordingly,


now is the time to put them to good use.

*Note: According to British sources, their MREs (or "Operational Ration


Packs (Oms)") include the following characteristics:
In strictly legal terms all the food components in the ORP are of
EU origin as they have been manufactured in EU approved
processing plants within the EU.
The beef & lamb is predominantly sourced fiom non-EU
countries (S America & NZ) but there small amounts from
Spain.
Some of the beef for the Beef Pate was sourced fiom EU (UK
& Ireland).
All ORP components are purchased fiom EU approved
manufacturers who must meet the requirements of the
extremely detailed Armed Services Food Specifications
(ASFS).

** See attached list.


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From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 3:01 PM
To: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G
Subject: FW: Leftover MREs in Arkansas

one last gasp - over to 10 is the good news. He's DOD colonel detailed to IOIPHO.

From: Bass, John R


Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 2:01 PM
To: Mrozinski, Lawrence G(Main State Rm 5323)
Cc: Morrow, Michael K; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Anderson, Gerald C(Main State Rm 5323); Dibble, Philo L(Main State Rm
6323)
Subject: RE: Leftover MREs in Arkansas

Larry --

Thanks for your help working the UN angles one last time.

-- We've come back to 10 for help in trying to convince UN to put these rations to good use after striking out on a number I

of other possible donations, including returning to donor nations, providing to haiti, guatemala or other latin american
nations for post-hurricane relief, folding into other U.S. assistance programs, sending to Pakistan, and gifting to AMIS.
i
*
-- For variety of reasons dealing with public perceptions of why the rations were not allowed into U.S. food chain or their
content (eg, pork), all of these have been dry wells.

-- absent LIN agreeing to take them, we are probably faced with having them destroyed -- which is bad press all around for
all concerned, especially our friends and allies who helped us in our time of need.
I
I

- ballpark figure is 350,000 rations, mostly UK-origin. They are humanitarian assistance rats, not combat rats.
Best POC for details on the rats is Carol Chan at USAIDIs Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance -- (202) 712-0841
-- if we can get UN to accept them, we can explore how to pay for getting them there.

-- urgency is blc warehouse lease will expire next Friday; FEMA, which has been paying, unwilling to extend an additional
month. Reluctance to have state pick up blc of concern that then makes us liable for disposal costs

Many thanks for your help.

From: Mrozinski, Lawrence G


Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 1:37 PM
To: Bass, John R(S/ES-0)
Subject: FW: Leftover MREs in Arkansas

John,
Understandyou called to ask if there was any scope to get the UN to take a large quantity of MREs (donated by UK and
other Euros for Katrina). For reasons not clear to me, these MREs were not cleared to enter the US food chain.
Apparently State had made an initial effort to provide them to the AU forces in Darfur, but that didn't work out because of
pork content in some of the rations.

EUR had apparently been discussing with PSC the possibility of getting DPKO to take them for unspecified purposes. You
asked if there had been any outcome to this and/or whether it would be worth escalating. Urgency stems from the fact that
the lease on the warehouse is expiring and the alternative in that event would be to burn the MREs, with obvious PD
downsides.
'

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My understanding it is 350,000MRE's? Some Spanish and German MRE's is small measure also thrown in?

Do you have the POC for the Warehouse etc?

Best, Larry

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Sent:
To :
Singer, Marsha L(HST)
Thursday, November 10,2005 12:19 PM 33/8&
Bass, John R (OPS); Yu, Alan K; Morrow, Michael K; Visek, Richard C; Gutherie, Peter A;
Mrozinski, Lawrence G
Cc: Norman, Alain G; Nieuwejaar, Sonja; Marmaud, Karen
Subject: RE: Completely different disposal cost estimates

You're right about the first two options, the other possibility is to bury in landfill at
a depth at least 6 feet deep and then cover with limestone.
-----Original Message-----
From: Bass, John R (OPS)
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 11:58 AM
To: Yu, Alan K; Morrow, Michael K; Visek, Richard C; Gutherie, Peter A; Mrozinski, I
Lawrence G; Singer, Marsha L !
Cc: Norman, Alain G; Nieuwejaar, Sonja; Marmaud, Karen
Subject: RE: Completely different disposal cost estimates

Thanks, but there's nothing here to indicate that this fulfills USDA requirements for how
these things need to be disposed of, to wit: either incineration or 'sterilization,'
which involves heating to boiling pt for 1/2 hour, and then landfilling. '
Marsha -- do I have it right in terms of what USDA/APHIS requires?

If I do, expect the cost will be significantly higher.


-----Original Message-----
From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 11:48 AM
TO: Bass, John R (OPS); Morrow, Michael K; Visek, ~ i c h a r d ' ~
Gutherie,
; Peter A; Mrozinski,
Lawrence G
Cc: Norman, Alain G
Subject: MRE: Completely different disposal cost estimates

-----Original Message-----
From: Horne, Todd
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:46 AM
To: Home, Todd; Nieuwejaar, Sonja; Norman, Alain G(Main State)
CC: OFDALogistics; Gottlieb, Greg; Chan, Carol; Stitt, Tony; Fleming, James; Marmaud,
Karen; Long, Casey; Katchka, Elizabeth; Yu, Alan K(Main State)
Subject: RE: MRE's

Hello All,
I wanted to let everyone know that we obtained another rate to dispose' of the MRE's, if
that's the course we need to end up taking. I
I
It's much less expensive than the original quotation that we obtained.
I
The revised price will be approximately $ 30,000.00. ,
1
This doesn't include the transport from the warehouse to the dump, but it'll most likely
be in the $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 range.

Total cost would probably be around $ 40,000.00 which is much nicer than 1 million dollars
I
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The method of disposal would be taking'it to a landfill in ~acksonville;Arkansas.
Let us know if you have anyquestions.
hanks & Regards,
Todd
........................................................................
Todd Horne
Logistics Officer
United States Agency for International Development
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
1300 Pennsylvania. Avenue, N.W.
Rona1.d Reagan Building - Room 8.7.69
Washington, D.C. 20523
Tel # (202) 712-0234
Fax # (202) 216-3399
Email: thorne@usaid.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: Horne, Todd
Sent.:Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:45 PM
To: 'Nieuwejaar, Sonja'; Norman, Alain G(Main State)
Cc: OFDALogistics; Gottlieb, Greg; Chan, Carol; Stitt, Tony; Fleming, James; ' M a m u d ,
Karen'; 'Long, Casey'; 'Katchka, Elizabeth'; Yu, Alan K(Main State)
Subject: RE: MRE's for Pakistan

I wanted to let everyone know that we received a quotation to dispose of the MRE's if that
turns out to be our only option.
Basically, the breakdown is $ .45 per pound + 3% for EIS surcharge (energy tax)
The weight of the M R E q s is approximately 2.2 million pounds.
2,200,000 lbs x $ .45 = $ 990,000.00 x 3%. ( $ 29,700) = $ 1,019,700.00 ',

So, to quickly review that's over one million dollars to properly dispos'e of the MRE's.

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From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Wednesday. November 16,2005 5 1 3 PM
To: Norman, Alain G
Subject: RE: MREs

This looks good. I agree with all your suggested adds, and suggest you dump them in in the proper place. I've entered
the way I think makes most sense on how to describe numbers and donors. Great if you could then shoot it to Bass,
Morrow, McCarthy.

From: Norman, Alain G


Sent: Wednesday, November 16,2005 5:03 PM
To: Yu, Alan K
Subject: RE: MREs

How about something along these lines, based on something we sent AF:

The MREs were donated by various European countries (mainly the UK) in the midst of the Hurricane Katrina crisis. In
State 163366 we called for certain assistance, based on input from emergency management officials, including MREs.
Many were distributed, but as events unfolded many more were warehoused in Little Rock.
I
In order to make good use of the remaining 343K MREs (330K from UK, balance from Russia, Germany, Spain and I
France), the State Department has been exploring various options, such as providing the.MREs to one or more reputable
NGOs for use in their humanitarian efforts,or to one or more peacekeeping operations. Already, 10,000 MREs have been
sent to Pakistan to help feed World Food Program personnel, but not Pakistanis. as the MREs are not "halal."

Should I add something about the mid-Dec. end date of the warehouse lease? Should I add anything about the actual I
numbers of MREs broken down by country of origin? Should I add that the UK reported its MREs contain beef, lamb
andlor pork? Should we mention the current shelf-life of mid-2006, but that that is renewable?

Please advise.

Alain

From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: Wednesday, November 16, ZOOS 4:35 PM
To: Norman, Alaln G
Subject: FW: MREs
Don't we have something to give M?

From: McCarthy, Deborah A(WHA/FO)


Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 4:31 PM
. ,
To: Bass, John R (OPS); Morrow, Michael K; Yu, Alan K
. Subject: FW: MREs

What is current status of the hunt by AID?


Do we have a set blurb? .

i
From: Dent, Lynwood M
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:35 PM
To: McCarthy, Deborah A; Bass, John R (OPS)
Subject: MREs
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Could one of you give me a short paragraph on the ~ rMREs.
. UW Fore wants to take a shot at enlisting the assistance of
her AID counterpart re finding an NGO, and needs a short paragraph describing how we got them and what they are.
Thanks.

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Rathke, Jeffrey D
From: Cockrell, John D
Sent: Monday, November 21,2005 11:59 AM
To: Rathke, Jeffrey D; Tiersky, Alexandre L
Cc: Seldowitz, Stuart M
Subject: RE: MREs: Questions from Bass

Jeff, Penny Satches says she has some info on this. Am waiting to hear from her. --John

From: Rathke, Jeffrey D


Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 2:23 PM
To: Cockrell, John D; Tiersky, Alexandre L
Cc: Seldowitz, Stuart M
Subject: RE: MREs: Questions from Bass

we mean the former - for use by NATO forces/personnel.

we're pursuing all other options, too -- including donating to NGOs for use by NGO personnel, etc. I can get a
rundown on whether we've also offered to UN -- not sure off the top of my head.

From: Cockrell, 1ohn.D ,

Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 3:55 AM


To: Rathke, Jeffrey D; Tienky, Alexandre L
Cc: Seldowik, Stuart M
Subject: RE: MREs: Questions from Bass

Jeff,

It's not clear whether you mean whether NATO troops would consume the MRE's, or whether they'd be used as
humanitarian aid. (note Kurt Volker uses the words "military need.") The first scenario at first glance doesn't
seem feasible, and as to the second, isn't one of the problems with the MRE's that we cannot say whether or not
they conta~npork, thereby making them off-limits to Muslims? (and not suitable for Pakistan or Afghanistan.)

I can definitely touch base informally with the PO, but would appeciate it if you know the answer to one more
question: has the USG approached the UN to see if some UN relief agencies could use the MREs? That seems
the best option to me, informally speaking.

Thanks,
John

From: Rathke, Jeffrey D


Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2005 2:18 AM
To: Tienky, Alexandre 1; Cockrell, John D
Cc: Seldowitz, Stuart M
Subject: FW: MREs: Questions from Bass

Alex, John:

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From: Hines, Thomas R (EAPIFO)
Sent: Wednesday, August 31.2005 12:47 PM
To: EAP-ALL
Subject: FW: HURRICANE KATRINA: INQUIRIES FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

Crisis Management asked that we forward this notice about Hurricane Katrina.

Tom Hines
EAP Staff Assistant
202-647-6921 phone
202-647-7350 fax

From: Morrow, Michael: K


Sent: Wednesday, August 31, ZOOS 12:05 PM
To: m - 1 A
CC: SES-0-CMS
Subject: HURRICANE KATRINA: INQUIRIES FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

Regional Bureau Staff Assistants:

Please bring to your country desk officers' attention the following guidance from yesterday's ALDAC (State 160019).
Please note para 4 as well, regarding inquiries from private foreign citizens.

SUBJECT: HURRICANE KATRINA: INQUIRIES FROM FOREIGN MISSIONS

1. On August 30 the fxecutive Secretary directed that the Operations Center's O f k e of Crisis Manangement Support
(SJES-OJCMS) be the Department point of contact for inquiries from foreign governments regarding their nationals who may have been
affected by Hurricane Katrina.
,
I
2. Posts that receive welfare/whereabouts inquiries from host government officials should convey this information to the Office of Cr~srs
Management Support via unclassified ernail at SES-0 CMSbstate.sov. Posts also may call CMS a t (202) 647-7640. After hours, the CMS duty
officer is available through the Operations Center Watch a t (202) 647-1512.

3. At this time, FEMA is not actively seeking foreign assistance. I f posts receive offers of foreign assistance, please forward this information t o
the Obce of Crisis Management Support for appropriate follow-up.

4. Private foreign citizens should be urged to direct their inquires t o the appropriate foreign mission in the United States if they cannot first
contact their loved onesJassociates directly. The Department will follow up with the foreign missions as appropriate.

5. MINIMIZE CONSIDERED
RICE

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Additional Addresees:

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TAGS: AEMR, ASEC, CASC, PREL, AMGT

Regards,
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S / E S - 0 Deputy Oirector for Crisis Management Support
FW: Request to UK on MRE data UNCLASSIFIED Page 8 of 13

questions 2-4 without telegraphing the ACE option. W e need to make sure we
meet the requirements on these questions, and get a green light from L on the '
legal liability questions, before we can float this approach with the UK.

Thanks,

Alan . .

From: Oberndorfer, Gerald J

Sent: Wednesday, October 05,2005 9:22AM

To: Yu, Alan K; Adams, Thomas C

Cc: Cook, Nerissa J; Fischer, Dean E

Subject: RE: Katrina MREs: Recommendation

Alan,

Thanks - I will call Jim Thessin again today.

I would like to remind you of a few issues since this seems to be on a "fast
track". You have focused on my positive approach to solving this problem and
that is OK; but I wanted to make sure you haven't forgotten about some of the
other issues I raised at our meeting on Monday.

I order for me to take these MREs, we need;

The policy decision that it is OK to ship.to countries outside of U.S.'

UNCLASSIFIED
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I need listing of contents, ie. Packing lists (there are some items, like pork, that
we need to be concerned about)

I need to have some certificates of quality or else we will not get them cleared for
entry into other countries.

I need to know expiration dates as there are restrictions in many countries about
import of food without at least a one year expiration

I would like to make this work and would plan on sending a rep from my office
to ~ i t t l e ' ~ o during
ck the last week of October (after he returns for the Dushanbe
airlift) to check out the MREs and make arrangement for shipping. Thanks,

Jerry 0

From: Yu, Alan K

Sent: Wednesday, October 05,2005 8:05 AM

To: Adams, Thomas C; Oberndorfer, Gerald J

Cc: Cook, Nerissa J

Subject: RE: Katrina MREs: Recommendation

I spoke with Thessin last night. He was tied up when Gerry called yesterday
afternoon. He asked Gerry to give him a call again today to run through a couple
of quick questions. He wants to confirm, but expects our ACE aid programs have
the standard liability waiver provisions the USG has in most of its bilateral foreign
aid programs.

Alan

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3. Post therefore requests that the Department take such steps as may be necessary to effect the
allocatlon of the referenced MREs to the AU peacekeeping forces in Darfur. We suggest that the MREs
might best to go directly to the field (i.e. Sudan) and that the AUlDlTFlJLOC be relied upon to deal with
storage and distribution .
4. On behalf of the AU Partners'Liaison Group, post requests delivery of the subject MREs on as
expedited a basis as possible.

(Post may want to inject other information,as seems appropriate from their end. I don't personally have knowledge of data
on need, for example, which would certainly be relevant.)
This language was drafted with input from EURPGI and clearance from Sudan Programs Group (Jason Small).
Time is of the essence, since the storage contract for the goods is due to expire in roughly two weeks.
I will be on travel beginning Monday. Although 1will try to'check in remotely, communication after Friday
- should be sent to Donald Heflin for AF/RSA.

Marinda Harpole
Democracy and Human Rights Officer
.Office of Regional and Security Affairs
Bureau of African Affairs
'I
Choi, Martino I
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~rorn: Stitt, Tony [tstitt@ofda.net]
Sent: Friday. September 23,2005 2:50 PM
To: Bass, John R (OPS)
Cc: rmtkatrina-rrn; rmtkatrina-dmr; mtkatrina-FDA; rmtkatrinagc
Subject: RE: MRE Foreign Shipments - FDA Information Request

Thanks John. We are working closely with the RMT FDA rep on this.
Tony
Tony Stitt
Deputy Manager for Operations
USAID Hurricane Operations Center
(703) 526-2210
tstitt@ofda.net

From: Bass, John R (OPS) [mailto:BassJR@state.gov]


Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 1:50 PM
TO: RMT-XATRINA
Subject: FW: MRE Foreign Shipments - FDA Information Request

I
fyi for the MRE project
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From: Meline, Jed [mailto:Jed-Meline@nsc.eop.gov]
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 1:48 PM
To: Morrison, Ellen F; Isaacs, Ken; Bass, John R (OPS); McCarthy, Deborah A; Rowell,
Scott, CIV, OSD-POLICY; Beth.Johnson@usda.gov'
CC: Smith, David B (0s); Ralston, Deborah D; >Nightingale,Stuart (0s); Payne, Matthew
(0s); Wion, Ann /
Subject: RE: MRE Foreign Shipments - FDA Information Request

FYI recommendations from FDA should we go down that road.

- - - - - Original Message-----
From: Morrison, Ellen F [mailto:EMorriso@ora.fda.gov]
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 1:12 PM
To: Meline, Jed
Cc: Smith, David B (0s); Ralston, Deborah D; Nightingale, Stuart (0s); Payne,
Matthew (0s); Wion, Ann; Morrison, Ellen F '
Subject: MRE Foreign Shipments - FDA Information Request

Jed---As-we-discussed, if FEMA contracts for commercial vegetarian MREs -f-rom any-of


the 10 foreign countries mentioried in thx~lepartmenr.of State cable-f-2-2-September, FDA
would-like to obtain the following information on any shipments entering the U.S.

1. Specifications under which the product was.ordered and/or manufactured.


2. Manufacturer name and address.
3. ~otificationof shipment date and port of entry in advance of arrival with
date of arrival.
4. Location of shipment after arrival such as central depot (like Little Rock
AFB for example) to facilitate FDA examination if necessary.

please let me know i f you have any further queetions.


Ellen F., Morrison

Director, Office of Crisis Management

' Food and Drug Administration

5600 Fishers Lane

Emergency Operations Center, Rm 1 2 ~ - 5 5

Rockville, Maryland

Telephone: 301-827-5660 (direct) or 301-443-1240 (24 hour number)

Fax: 301-827-3333

Email: ellen.morrison@fda.hhs.gov

Group email: emergency.operations@fda.gov


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From: Derneranville, Robert [rdemeranville@USAID.GOVJ


Sent: Wednesday, April 05,2006 11:02 AM
To: Morrow. Michael K
Cc: OFDALogistics
Subject: FW: USAIDISMART CHOICE- ALL ITEMS DISPOSED OF

Importance: High

Hi Mike,
All MREs are out of the Smart Choice warehouse! The designated stock marked for
destruction has been incinerated as per the below ernail. The only remaining issue is the
MRE stock with Convoy of Hope at their warehouses in Arkansas and Texas. The USDA
representatives will want to observe the load to shipping containers once shipping plans
have been established. I have requested Erick Meier of Convoy of Hope to liaise directly
with the USDA representatives and copy OFDA logistics in all emails.
Regards,
Bob Demeranville
OFDA Logistics
202-712-5756
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From: Julie Nolan [mailto:jnolan@terisna.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 10:lO AM
To: OFDALogistics
Cc: Abood, John J(M/OAA/TC); Xon Post;Rich Kent; Treasa Evans
Subject: USAID/SMART CHOICE- ALL ITEMS DISPOSED OF
Importance: High .. ,(

Let this email serve as notification that all 6 pallets of material


(MREtsand Medical Kits A & B) has been incinerated. The process was
completed on 4/4/06.
Invoice 618233 will be generated and mailed within the next few days.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Safety - Compliance - Quality - Consistency - Customer Service


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This e-mail may be confidential and/or privileged. Please delete it if


you are not the intended recipient.
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From: Razick. Nazima H


Sent: Friday. April 07,2006 4:43 PM
To: Morrow. Michael K
Subject: FW: Working Group 1 Draft Products

Draft International WGI


Assistame... nmendations to Stet
FYI

From: Chapman, Laura


Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 4 :34 PM
To: Jay-Dowling@ita.doc.gov; maria.dpandrea@ita.doc.gov; ddajani@osophs.dhhs.gov;
anthony.taube@fda.hhs.gov; deborah.ralston@fda.hhs.gov; ellen.morrison@fda.hh~.gov;
jeffrey.brown@fda.hhs.gov; cathy.sauceda@dhs.gov; Coleman.Sachs@nhtsa.dot.gov;
amy.m.haberl@dhs.gov; elvis.corrales@dhs.gov; michael.craig@dhs.gov; paul.morris@dhs.gov;
Ben.Curran@dhs.gov; lauren.traczykowski@dhs.gov; sonja.nieuwejaar@dhs.gov;
Mike.Tamillow@dhs.gov; Wanda.Casey@dhs.gov; Crane.Miller@dhs.gov; George.Havens@dhs.gov;
Molly.Walsh@dhs.gov; michael.e.feinberg@dhs.gov; Elizabeth.Katchka@dhs,.gov;
jp.henderson@associates.dhs.gov; ann.palmer@dhs.gov; william.strassberger@dhs.gov;
david.dockery@wso.whs.mil; kristine.shelstad@northcom.mil; Patricia.Jacubec@osd.mil;
Pilcher. William B; Norman, Alain G; Gutherie, Peter A; Lee, Carrie K (S/ES-0); McCarthy,
Deborah A (S/ES-0-CMS);Razick, Nazima H; Judith.Reid4hq02.usace.army.mil;
lenny.kotkiewicz@us.army.rnil; Cohen, Harold(GC/DCHA) (RRB, 6.06-051); Chapman, Laura;
Stitt, Tony; christopher.c.robinson@aphis.usda.gov; joseph.f.annelli@aphis.usda.gov;
carol.maczka@fsis.usda.gov; leonard.lang@fsis.usda.gov; mk.miller@fsis.usda.gov;
bearden.janet@epa.gov
Subject: Working Group 1 Draft Products 1

Hi All,

Here's the version of the "International Assistance System" manual that's been revised to
incorporate all your comments. We are submitting the draft, along with the attached
recommendations, to the Steering Committee for their review. Thanks to all of you for your
input and thoughtful comments during the development of the documents - it's hard to
, believe we've done all this in less than 6 weeks' time!

I will keep you posted of new developments and feedback from the Steering Committee.
Sometime during the next week or so we will be convening an Urban Search and Rescue Team
subgroup to further explore and resolve the issues in bringing foreign teams into the
country, and we'll be bringing in the border and legal subgroups as we progress.

Thanks again for all your help - enjoy the weekend!

Laura.Chapman
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Oliva, Amber M - s'uf,,
From: Horne, Todd
Sent: Thursday, January 26.2006 2:20 PM
To: Don.L.Couch@aphis.usda.gov
Cc: Maurine.F.Bell@aphis.usda.gov; ken.goin@fsis.usda.gov; Masoud.A.Malik@aphis.usda.gov;
Singer. Marsha L; Morrow, Michael K;OFDALogistics
Subject: RE: Amount of MRE's To Be Destroyed

Hi Don,
I'm not exactly sure at this time.
I would estimate that it would be in the ballpark of 250,000. The
Also, I received a similar question from Masoud who I've copied in as well.
we initially spoke with a firm in Jacksonville, Arkansas and they indicated that the MRE's
could be buried in the ground and the price indication was going to be around $ 30,000.00
to dispose of 350K. x

The name of the firm is Waste Management and the POC is Mike Lovell.
His number is 501 804 9532. Are you familiar with Waste.Management,
~ n .c??
Let me know if you need anything else in the meantime.
Regards,
Todd
........................................................................
Todd Horne
Logistics Officer
United States Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Ronald Reagan Building - Room 8.7.69
Washington, D.C. 20523
Tel # (202) 712-0234
Fax # (202) 216-3399
Email: thorne8usaid.gov

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From: Don.L.Couch@aphie.usda.gov [mailto:'~on.~.Couch@aphis.usda.gov]
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 2:09 PM
To: Horne, Todd
Cc: Maurine.F.Bell@aphis.usda.gov; ken.goin@fsis.usda.gov
Subject: Amount of MRE1s To Be Destroyed
Todd: Can you give me an idea of the amount of the MREPs that will
need
to be destroyed? That could impact the choice of incineration
facilities.
Thanks. don
Don L. Couch,DVM, Dip1 ACVPM
USDA APHIS PPQ.
Houston AQI VMO 11811 East Freeway (1-10 East)
TX,AR, LA,NE . Suite 560
713-393-1014 Direct Houston, TX 77029
713-393-1023 FAX
832-250-4042 CELL
don.l.couch@aphis.usda.gov
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~orrnan:Alain G
From: Cliff Feldman [CFeldman@FoodforthePoor.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 17,2005 2:14 PM
To: Chan. Carol; Singer, Marsha L(HST)
Cc: Horne, Todd; Morrow, Michael K(S1ES-OICMS); Offutt, Denison K(S1ES-OICMS); Bass, John
R (OPS)(SIES-0); McCarthy, Deborah A(WHAIF0); Cohen, Harold(GC1DCHA);
Elizabeth.Katchka@dhs.gov;Gutherie, Peter A(3422 Main State);
Sonja.Nieuwejaar@dhs.gov; Mrozinski, Lawrence G(Main State Rm 5323); Norman, Alain
G(Main State)
Subject: RE: MREs -summary of this mornings discussion

Hi all again,
You may need this info for your conversation FSIS ... I am hearing from all of my friends
at Interaction that the MREs may be split between many NGOs and so real numbers are
difficult at this time. Hopefully Monday we'll have a better idea of who is taking how
many. I cannot promise countries product until I have it. You all understand that I do not
want to dissapoint any government officials. My best guess is below.
Food For The Poor plans to distribute the MREs as follows:
350,000 MRES = 1100 pallets or 50 containers.
At .this time FFTP plans on sending 350,000 MREs to Cap Haitien, Haiti.
I await feedback communications with Grenada, Guatemala and Honduras.
If those countries request some product then FFTP would send approximately 50,000 MREs to
each country leaving 200,009 for Haiti.
If FFTP receives less then expected say 120,000 then all will be sent into Haiti.
Thank you and best regards,
Cliff Feldman
954-304-3170
----- Original Message-----
From: Chan, Carol [mailto:cchan@USAID.GOV]
Sent: Fri 12/16/2005 12:24 PM I
To: Singer, Marsha L(HST); Cliff Feldman
Cc: Horne, Todd; Morrow, Michael K(S/ES-O/CMS); Offutt, Denison K(S/ES-O/CMS); Bass,
John R (OPS)(S/ES-0); McCarthy.,Deborah A(WHA/FO): Cohen, Harold(GC/DCHA);
Elizabeth.Katchka@dhs.gov; Gutherie, Peter A(3422 Main State); Sonja.Nieuwejaar@dhs.gov;
Mrozinski, Lawrence G(Main State @ 5323); Norman, Alain GtMain State)
Subject: .RE: MREs -summary of this mornings discussion

Hi Marsha and Cliff,


To underscore Marsha's points below, Todd Horne our logistics officer
said that FSIS, Robert Bane called and they are going to require some
detail about the shipment. This needs to come from the Agency who is
brokering this deal with the NGOin the form of a memorandum and sent to
William C. Smith who works at USDA Washington. Specifically, this.memo
should be addressed to Mr. William C. Smith who is the Assistant
Administrator for FSIS' Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement, and
Review. The memo should include all details concerning the exact
destination of the product, how the product will be shipped and
controlled during shipment, the proposed date of shipment, amount of
product to be shipped, and any other information'youcan provide. Mr.
Smith can be reached at 202-720-,8803or e-mailed at
~mailto:William.Smith@fsis.usda.gov~~illiam.~mith@fsis.usda.gov. If
you have any problems contacting Mr. Smith, please contact Robert Q.
Bane, USDA/FSIS/OPEER/CID Tel. (501) 324-5887.
Happy Holidays, Carol
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Subject: RE: Draft email to FEMA

I just called my contacts at DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) and left a couple more messages...no word back yet.

However, your plan makes sense to me...

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


Mil Ad REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA .
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-----Original Message-----
From: Yu, Alan K (

Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 2:01 PM


To: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G; Harris, Michelle F; Pilcher, William B
Subject: RE: Draft email to FEMA
<
Oops, hit the send button too soon. Added a sentence at the bottom, and welcome Bill Pilcher's thoughts.

From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: Tuesday, October 04,2005 2:00 PM
To: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G; Harris, Michelle F
Subject: Draft email to FEMA

Could you review the below? Key thing is: if Isend this to OFDA it potentially undercuts our first option of getting
OFDA to take all the MREs. I also wonder if it wouldn't pack more punch if this email went from John Bass to
Tony?
------
Tony/Rebecca-
Per my conversation with Tony, hope you can review the below draft email and share comments to make most
effective argument to FEMA. Once you come back with your comments, I'll send a second time to you for officially
passing to FEMA.
Thanks,
Alan

Tony-
Please pass along to appropriate FEMA counterparts this official State Department request that FEMA authorize
funding to extend the MRE warehouse lease for another five weeks (until November 12). The State Department's
Katrina Working Group and the Bureau for European Affairs have disposition of the MREs front and center. I

We have several extremely promising options, including one that could result in the Department taking all the
MREs and transporting them from Little Rock and distributing them in several Central Asian countries that
participate in our regular humanitarian assistance programs.

Our humanitarian assistance colleagues have some technical, due diligence questions on the MREs, but do not
anticipate any problems in accepting the MREs for the program. We cannot, however, brirlg all this together by
October 8. The humanitarian aid team is in the midst of a large project, which it will complete at the end of
October. The team will then be able to turn full attention to moving the MREs.

We believe this is the best solution: A month's lease fees would enable us to avoid the potential foreign policy and I
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public relations problems of destroying/disposingof assistance we received from some of our closest allies
because of US domestic regulations and through no fault of the donors. Instead, we can turn it around to a I
situation where the USG and foreign governments work together to deliver no-longer-neededfood assistance to I
countries that have a similar need.

We request that FEMA authorize funding to extend the warehouse lease to enable us to execute the above plan.
Thanks,
John Bass or Alan Yu??

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From: Norman, Alain G(Main
. . State)
Sent: Tuesday, October 11,2005 2:16 PM
To: 'rmtsouthasia-dmr'; Stitt, Tony; Christenson, Richard A; Mays, Robin
Cc: Flemiqg, James; Yu, Alan K; Katrina Working Group; Home. Todd; rmtsouthasia-dmc@ofda.net;
rmtsouthasia-lc@ofda.net; rmtsouthasia-rm@ofda.net; Chan, Carol; rmtsouthasia-dod@ofda.net; Marx,
Michael
Subject: RE: MREs: 2 basic questions

Thanks to all.
I think the focus of attention is now shifting to another part of the world that could use the assistance more readily.
Alain Norman
EURIPGI.

From: rmtsouthasia-drnr [rnailto:rmtsouthasia-dmr@ofda.netJ


Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:13 PM
To: Stitt, Tony; Christenson, Richard A(SA/FO); Mays, Robin; Norman, Alain G(Main State)
Cc: Fleming, James; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Katrina Working Group; Horne, Todd; rmtsouthasia-dmc; rrntsouthasia-lc;
rmtsouthasia-rm; Chan, Carol; rmtsouthasia-dod; Marx, Michael
Subject: RE: MREs: 2 basic questions

The RMT discussed the issue yesterday after the DART call. The Pakistani's will not accept these MREs even if we pull
out the pork meals because the other meals are not Halal (similar to Kosher). Therefore this idea is not viable. Please let
me know if you have any questions.

Gary Barrett
Deputy Manager for Response
South Asia RMT
202-712-4649

From: Stitt, Tony [mailto: tstitt@USAID.GOV]


Sent: Tuesday, October 11,2005 2:Ol PM
To: Christenson, Richard A(SA/FO); Mays, Robin; Norman, Alain G(Main State)
Cc: Fleming, James; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Katrina Working Group; Horne, Todd; rrntsouthasia-dmc;
rmtsouthasia-dmr; rrntsouthasia-lc; rmtsouthasia-rm; Chan, Carol
Subject: RE: MREs: 2 basic questions

We would have the following constraints proceeding with this suggestion:

- Air transport of even 50,000 MREs to Pakistan would cost around half a million dollars.
-- We would need to send someone back out to Little Rock to arrange and oversee pulling the pork MREs out - unsure
how quickly this could be done.
- Even the non-pork MREs are not necessarily culturally appropriate for this region. We believe there is a meat-patte
item in all of them - unsure of the type of meat. There may be other issues as well. This is the reason OFDA uses HDRs
for disasters instead of MREs.

Tony I

-----Original Message-----
From: Christenson, Richard A(SA/FO)
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:40 PM
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To: Mays, Robin; Norman, Alain G(Main State); Stitt, Tony UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Cc: Fleming, James; Yu, Alan K(Main State); ~atrinaWorking Group; Horne, Todd
Subject: RE: MREs: 2 basic questions

Does this mean it might be possible separate out the MRE's having pork? If so, we might be able to deliver
useable food to Pakistan. Can we do this? .

Dick

From: Mays, Robin


Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:32 PM
To: Norman, Alain G(Main State); Stitt, Tony
Cc: Fleming, James; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Katrina Working Group; Home, Todd; Mays, Robin
Subject: RE: MREs: 2 basic questions

Hi Alain-
I have a correction to my last email... it seems in most cases the meals are not mixed, and are palletized
according to type of meal.
The difficulty is deciphering the code---the type of meal can be known by codes that are printed onto each of the
cases. USDAlFSlS apparently has the ability to tell us which meals are on which pallet according to this code.

Robin

-----Original Message-----
From: Mays, Robin
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 12:16 PM
To: Norman, Alain G(Main State); Stitt, Tony; OFDANET: Scheurer, Rebecca
Cc: Fleming, lames; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Katrina Working Group; Horne, Todd
Subject: RE: MREs: 2 basic questions

Hi Alain,

The MREs per country are separated onto different pallets. It is easy to tell which is which.

There are pork MREs mixed in, but the cases are not labeled with what specific meals are in each case.
Therefore, it's difficult to determine which cases include pork.

Let me know if 1 can be of further assistance,

Robin Mays \
Disasrer Logistics Specialist
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance '
US Agency for International Development
office: (202)712-5471
mobile:n
pager: (877) 383 6738
fax: (202) 216-3399

----Original Message----
From: Norman, Alain G(Main State)
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:04 AM
To: Stitt, Tony; OFDAIVET: Scheurer, Rebecca
Cc: Fleming, lames; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Katrina Working Group; Horne, Todd; Mays, Robin
Subject: MREs: 2 basic questions

To facilitate possible next steps on MRE's, EUWPGI would like to ask 2 basic questions:

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1) Does anyone know whether the UK, Russian, French and German MREs in Little Rock are all
mixed together, or are they stored in a manner which would still allow us to determine which
MREs come from where?.

2) Does anyone know which MRE's, if any, contain pork?

Many thanks.
. i
Alain Norman .
EURlPGl

From: Stitt, Tony


Sent: Friday, October 07,2005 3:21 PM
To: Gottlieb, Greg; Pete Evans; Yu, Alan K(Main State); Norman, AIain G(Main State); Katrina
Working Group
Cc: Flerning, James; OFDANET: Scheurer, Rebecca
Subjeet: RE: UK Rations - Current Position (Internet-Authorised)

Could the appropriate person from the Virtual Katrina Working Group contact Pete Evans of the
British Embassy (see below) regarding the MRE issue?

Thanks,
Tony

Tony Stitt
USAIDIDCHAIOFDA
202-712-0557

----Original Message-----
From: Gottlieb, Greg
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 2: 13 PM
To: 'Pete Evans'
, Cc: Stiitt, Tony; Flerning, James
Subjeet: RE: UK Rations - Current Position (Internet-Authorised)

Pete:

I have copied Tony Stitt of my ofice to see if he has the right contact for you.

Greg

Gregory C. Gottlieb
Deputy Director
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
USAID
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20523
Tel: 202-712-0400
e-mail: ggottlieb@usaid.gov
-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Evans [rnailto:
Sent: Friday, October 07,
To: Gottlleb, Greg
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Subject: RE: UK Rations Current Position (Internet-Authorised)

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Greg.

Is there anyone in FEMA I can put in touch with the specialists in London on the
expiry date issue?

Pete

Pete Evans
Lt Col RM
JS 1
British Embassy
3100 ~assachusettsAvenue, NW
Washington DC, 20008-3600

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From: Gottlieb, Greg [mailto:ggottiieb@USND.GOV] _. I
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 5:31 PM I
To: Pete Evans
Cc: Tim Chicken; Flemlng, James
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Subject: RE: UK Rations Current Position (Internet-Authorised)
Pete:

Thanks for the note. Seems to me that the expiration date issue could help us
make some rational decisions on what we do with the rations. Let me know what
London says. Thanks.

Greg

Gregory C. Gottlieb
Deputy Director
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
USAID
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20523
Tel: 202-712-0400
e-mail: ggottlieb@usaidaov
-----Original Message----
From: Pete Evans [mailto
Sent: Thursday, October
To: Gottlieb, Greg
Cc: Tim Chicken
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Subject: UK Rations Current Position (Internet-Authorised)

Greg.

Further to our conversations earlier in the week about LIK rations, London is
currently working on its position on the issue.

There is a slight side issue on the shelf-life of the rations, summarised


below:

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On the lLfeing question, the rations do not have


Best Before or Best Before End dates on them. The
MOD monitor the life of the rations by having
random samples tested by the Contract Chemist
every 6 months which results in a rolling life for the
I
rations. However, we expect the retort pouch type
of rations, like those supplied to the USA, to have a
minimum of 3 yrs life when stored in ambient
temperatures in a temperate climate. The rations I

supplied were packed in 2003 and under normal I


circumstances we would have expected them to
have been consumed by May/Jun 06....This
consignment has been held in a location where the
ambient temperature is currently consistently
above 80 degrees F which will have undoubtedly
reduced the remaining life of these rations.
I do not have an appropriate contact in FEMA who I can put in touch with a :
the appropriate person, I will put the 2 together.

Thanks

Pete

Pete Evans
Lt Col RM
JS1
British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20008-3600

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To: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G


Subject: W: 350,000 MREs

From: Mrozinski, Lawrence G


Sent: Friday, November 04,2005 5:45 PM
To: Imhoff, Gary(E&E/PO/PPPD)(RRB, 5.06-045)
Cc: Walker, Welford(M/OAA/TC)(RRB, 7.08-081); I D o n f o r , Charlene(M/OAAJTC) Bd
(RRB, 7.08-080); Bass, John R (OPS); Anderson, Gerald C; Hankins, Dennis B; Dibble, Philo L; Yu, Alan K; Chan,
Car0l
Subject: MI: 350,000 MREs

Good to see the network is alive and well.

. I spoke to Cliff Seldman - Food f o ~ t h ePoor, NGO out of Florida by phone this Evening. He
confirmed to me by that he will move immediately to take possession of food next Week before the
"Rent" is up on Friday at the warehouse. Additionally, he confirmed he understands the food is not FDA
approved etc.

The food (MREs) are subcontracted out to a warehousing firm just out side Little Rock Air Frce Based
called 'Smart Choice'.

Will link Cliff Seldman up with USAID release Authorities POC Robert Demeranville who works for I

Carol Chan (spoke to her today) in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

Requested Robert Demeranville speak directly to John Bass, S/ES-0, tonight to confirm authority
transfer link and begin coordination with FEMA etc.

Thank You again Gary, just like ole times.

Best, Larry

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


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-----Original Message-----
From: Imhoff, Gary(E&E/PO/PPPD)
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 3:29 PM
To: Mrozinski, Lawrence G(Main State Rm 5323)
Cc: Walker, Welford(M/OALVrC); 7Donfor, Charlene(M/OWC)
Subject: 350,000 MREs

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I spoke to Welford Walker about your need to locate an NGO to accept 350,000 MREs (non-FDA
approved) to distribute overseas. Welford knows of an organization called Food for the Poor who are
eligible and wanting to receive the MREs in question to distribute to Haiti.

Could you "shoot" an e-mail to Welford at the address above (wwalker@,usaid.gov) and copied to Cliff
Seldman of Food for the Poor? In your e-mail confirm the number of MREs, their location, the fact that
they are non-FDA approved and any other information you feel is relevant. Cliff believes that he could
have ten1 shipped off to Haiti by late next week.

Contacts:

. Cliff Seldman - Food for the Poor B6


Welford Walker - USAID -

And let me give Cliff and Welford your number in this e-mail: L Mrozinski - 202-736-7930.

Welford and I will be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday. For purposes of coordination PLEASE
INCLUDE EVERYONE WHO APPEARS ON THIS E-MAIL ON ALL SUBSEQUESTN E-MAILS.
'

By the way, Cliff remembers working with Welford and the two of us in Haiti back in the "good old
days". .
Gary M. Imhoff
USAlD
Bureau for Europe and Eurasia
Program Office
Tel: (202) 712-4666
gimhoff@usaid.gov
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Subject: FW: Katrina: MREs and Italian meds

Jeri-
. Doesn't your office deal with WFP? Could 10 have USUN or Geneva put quickly to UN staff the
technicallmechanical question of iflhow it warehouses humanitarian assistance for contingencies in the region?

I think the best way foward would be to get that answer and then regroup and decide iflhow we approach the
UN on taking the MREs.
Thanks,
Alan

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Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 7:03 PM
To: Yu, Alan K; Fried, Daniel .
Cc: Adams, Thomas C; Oberndorfer, Gerald J; Gallagher, Michael F; Allegrone, Kathleen H; Cook, Nerissa J;
Norman, Alain G
Subject: RE: Katrina: MREs and Italian meds

Is there a UN option for CONUS storage, for contingency use in West Hem? World Food program? - kv

From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: Monday, October 03,2005 5:29 PM
To: Fried, Daniel; Volker, Kurt D .
Cc: Adams, Thomas C; Oberndorfer, Gerald J; Gallagher, Michael F; Allegrone, Kathleen H; Cook, Nerissa J;
Norman, Alain G
Subject: Katrina: MREs and Italian meds

John Bass, Deborah McCarthy and EUR met this afternoon. PGI and SIES will work together (though clear that
EUR is taking this over) to push actionldecisions through the bureaucracy.

MREs:

Step one: I've already made the pitch to OFDA at the working level to accept/warehouse European MREs (approx
350K rations; 330K from LIK, balance from Russia, Germany, Spain and France) for future emergency food
assistance contingencies. This is least expensive option for State. L is checking with AID Legal on possible "Buy
American" and other possible problems. OFDA may not have warehouse capacity to accept. If we want to
press this strongly, we may need to ask EUR FO to call AID.

Step two: If OFDA resists above or if EUR FO wants not to lose time on above. ACE could take all 350K MREs *
and cover surface shipping costs from Little Rock to ACE-served region and distribute the MREs as part of ACE
humanitarian programs. ACE funds cannot cover warehousing costs in US, and ACE would be unable to act in
time to move MREs'before OFDA's lease at the USDA's Little Rock warehouse expires October 8. ACE can turn
attention to this first week of November.

Little Rock warehouse (two options): (1) State presses USDA to allow MREs to stay in place four-six weeks until
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cited $15KlmOnthly charge to OFDAIFEMA. State might need to press USDA to waive, or press latter to pay; (2)
State asks USAF to accept transfer of MREs to an empty warehouse in Little Rock. PGI is seeking details on the
facility. Unclear what, if any, lease costs USAF would ask. Welcome your steer between the two options.
We'll take this u p at the working level, but may need EUR FO help.

Laraer uolicv decision: If the Department takes the ACE option, is it prepared on policy, legal liability and public
diplomacy fronts to distribute to third countries MREs that the USG would not accept itself because of BSE
concerns? It's almost like the Uigher question. SES is asking L to look at the liability issue. The policy and
public diplomacy issues require FO (and maybe higher) consideration.

l h l i a n meds:

AID, ACE and American NGOs, in general, do notlcannot distribute,medicinesthat are not FDA-approved. The
only option is either to return the kits entirely to Italy, or to remove usable portions of the kits for distribution in
third countries, and dispose of the medicines.

PGI has asked OFDA to invite its American NGO partners to go to Little Rock and inspect the medical kits, and
then propose that the NGOs repackage whatever usable pdrtions into new medical kits for distribution in third
countries.

For both the MREs and Italian meds, all agreed that we would need to work these approaches closely with the
donor countries.
That's it,
Alan

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From: Scheurer, Rebecca [rscheurer@ofda.net]
Sent: Thursday, October 06,2005 7:06 PM
to: I Yu, A1an.K; Stitt, Tony
Cc: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G
Subject: RE: Katrina: MREs and warehouse lease request

Hi Alan,
I don't foresee a problem but will follow up with a phone call to you in the am. I think
the key part here is some assurance that a plan is in the works to empty the warehouse.
Rebecca
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Sent: Thu 10/6/2005 5:15 PM
To : Scheurer, Rebecca; Stitt , Tony
Cc: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G
Subject: RE: Katrina: MREs and warehouse lease request

Rebecca--
Let us know if you anticipat'k problems on FEMA sign off on the lease extension.
Alan 6

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From: Scheurer, Rebecca [mailto:rscheurer@ofdaanetl
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 3:31 PM
To: EST-DIR
Cc: sonja.nieuwejaar@dhs.gov; Cohen, Harold(GC/DCHA); Miller, Ward; YuAK@state.gov; Stitt,
Tony; Chan, Carol; OFDALogistics; Fleming, James; Casey.long@dhs,.gov
Subject: RE: Katrina: MREs and warehouse lease request
Hi Vanessa, /

Thanks for your assistance in Dick's absence. Per our conversation, in sum State is asking
if FEMA would consider extending the current commercial warehouse lease in Little Rock for
an additional 5 weeks (through Nov 12) in order to enable them to come to a resolution on
final disposition of 350,000+ MREs. The current lease is being paid for by .USAID under
the initial MA and expires this Sat, Oct B (note: this storage space was needed for
commodities beyond just the MREs at the time). Approximately.$20,000 would be needed to
cover the next time period (slighty higher monthly rate is for more space in anticipation
of more recalled MREs). The additional cost as I understand would not exceed the ceiling
or scope of the MA. State has indicated that solving this issue is top priority (ref.
email b'elow), and that they are nearing a resolution. From what I gather a draft strategy
is in the works, but in any case a decision cannot be made by Saturday.
Therefore time is of the essence for OFDA to secure this space before Sat, and we can only
do so with FEMA's permission should you choose to accommodate State's request.
If you have any questions regarding the timeline for resolution of this issue, please
contact Alan Yu (cc'd above) as he is our POC for this State Department recniest.
Many thanks,
Rebecca
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From: Scheurer, Rebecca <rscheurer@ofda.net>
To: Nieuwejaar, Sonja <Sonja.Nieuwejaar@dhs.gov>; Long, Casey <Casey.Long@dhs.gov>
CC: YuAK@state.gov c > ; Stitt, Tony ctstitt@USAID.GOV>; OFDALogistics

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Subject: FW: Katrina: MREs and warehouse lease request
Casey and Sonja, please note the request from our colleagues at State regarding a lease
extension for the MREs, With your concurrence we'll notify our logistics team and begin
the necessary paperwork to secure the lease.,

~hanks,
Becky

From: Yu, Alan K [mailto:YuAK@state.gov]


Sent: Wed 10/5/2005 8:16 AM
To: Stitt, Tony; Scheurer, Rebecca
Cc: Bass, John R (OPS); McCarthy, Deborah A; Harris, Michelle F; Cook, Nerissa J; Norman,
Alain G
Subject: Katrina: MREs and warehouse lease request

Tony- . -
Please pass along to appropriate FEMA counterparts this official State Department
request that FEMA authorize funding to extend the'M ~ warehouse
E lease for another five
weeks (until November 12). The State Department's Katrina Working Group and the Bureau
for European Affairs have disposition of the MREs as a front and center action item.

We have several extremely promising options, including one that could result in the
Department taking all the MREs and transporting them from Little Rock and distributing
them in several Central Asian countries that participate in our regular humanitarian
assistance programs.

Our humanitarian assistance colleagues have some technical, due diligence questions on
the MREs, but they hope and expect those questions will be non-issues and that they would
be able to accept the MREs for the program.
We cannot, however, bring all this together by October 8. The humanitarian aid team is in
the midst of a large project, whlch it will complete at the end of October. The team will
then be able to turn full attention to moving the W S .

We believe this is the best solution: A month's lease fees would enable us to avoid the
potential foreign policy and public relations problems of'destroying/disposingof
assistance we received from some of our closest allies, because of US domestic regulations
and through no fault of the donors. Instead, we can turn it around to a situation where
the USG and foreign.governmentswork together to deliver no-longer-needed food assistance
to countries that have a similar need.

We request that FEMA authorize funding to extend the warehouse lease to enable us to
execute the above plan.
Thanks,
Alan Yu

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From: Spence, Jennifer S
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:39 AM
To: Yu, Alan K; Norman, Alain G
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Cc: . Cook, Nerissa J
Subject: FW: Foreign MREs in LitUe'Rock
Attachments: USAID-OFDA FINAL Little Rock Warehouse report 02 OCT 05 1600H.xls

Hi, can you all put me down as the RUS contact for this issue? Many thanks, Jennifer

From: Greenberg, Allen S


Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:29 AM
To: Spence, Jennifer S
Subject: MI: Foreign MREs in Little Rock

Could you please follow this item? THANKS!

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From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:13 AM
To: Allegrone, Kathleen H; ~horniak-~alvi, Tania; Weygandt, Daniel; Shemanski, Donald R; Leader, Damian R;
Greenberg, Allen S; Gallagher, Michael F; Nolan, Ned R
Cc: Cook, Nerissa 3; Norman, Alain G
Subject: Foreign MREs In Little Rock

All--
Go to last Excel tab and scroll to the bottom for breakdown of UK, Spain, France. Russia, Germany MREs in Little Rock. !
(Note: Rumor there are more German MREs in Pensacola. OFDA is trying to verify, but great if AGS had a way to find
out.)

USG plan now is to put some technical questions to the UK on its MREs, assure with L that we're ok on liability front, and .
then propose to UK a plan to send its 330K MREs to ACE-served region as part of our humanitarian assistance
i
programs. If we get UK buy in, we'd then propose to the other smaller contributors that we do the same with theirs.

We're still not ready to roll this out to f ~ r e i " governments,


~n but stay tuned and primed.
Thanks.
Alan

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From: Oberndorfer, Gerald J
Sent: Tuesday, October 11,2005 10:OO AM
To: Yu, Alan K
Cc: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G; Adams, Thomas C; Rosenblum, Daniel; Frowick, George
H; Fischer, Dean E; Shank. Nicole .

Subject: RE: MRE followup

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Alan,

Below is paragraph,for NSC info. Understand that you are busy now on the Pakistan option. This only lends credence to
that fact that the best option is to have these items in OFTA's possession to use in the next emergency. Let me know is
you need any additional information, or,in a different format, or if this is OBE? Thanks,

Jerry 0

Backaround. Since 1992, the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (EURIACE) has
managed a robust, cost-effective humanitarian assistance program in the twelve countries of the former Soviet Union
(FSU). Under the title, Operation Provide Hope (OPH), 859 airlifts and 20,782 surface deliveries have been executed.
Utilizing $370 million of Freedom Support Act (FSA) funding, this program has leveraged and delivered privately donated
and DOD excess humanitarian commodities valued at nearly $3.5 billion. 'The EURIACE Humanitarian Programs office
manages all aspects of this program including, sourcing, funding, transporting, distributing, and monitoring of the donated
commodities. The EUfUACE humanitarian programs are designed to provide humanitarian assistance to the most needy
segments of the populations, to respond emergency conditions throughout the NIS. and to support U.S. foreign policy
objectives using a minimum of USG funding. Within this program, we routinely ship medicines, medical supplies, medical
equipment, food, clothing, and emergency shelter items.

O ~ t i o nfor "Katrina" MRE's. Given appropriate policy decisions to allow the delivery of the MRE's to countries outside the
U.S. and the appropriate certificates of quality, packing lists, and expiration dates necessary for use in another country, it
is the intention of EUfUACE to utilize these MRE's within our humanitarian programs in the FSU. Best use as we see it
now is to include in our Ukraine, FY05 "supplemental" program in the regions of Donets'k and Lugansk. We would deliver
these food items through our PVO working in Ukraine, International Relief and Development (IRD). The food would be
distributed to our beneficiary institutions..i.e. orphanages, boarding schools, homes for the disabled, elderly homes,
medicals facilities and to the most needy families in these regions. Given the go-ahead for this option, we would try to
make this happen according to the following plan with the goal of vacating the Little Rock warehouse by 12 November.

-Week of 24 October Planning Trip to Little Rock to gather appropriate information and
documents.
- Week of 3l'October Accomplish tendering and awarding contract for the transportation.
- Week of 7 November Pick-up MRE's at Little Rock warehouse and commence shipment to
overseas destination.

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From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Wednesdav. October 12.2005 8:05 AM
To : ~osenblu<'~aniel;~berndorfer,Gerald J
Cc: Cook, Nerissa J; Norman. Alain G; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M;Allegrone, Kathleen H
Subject: MREs: legal liability .

Did miserably in the LSATs, but if I read this right it looks like the ACE option poses no legal liability ~roblemsfor the USG.

From: Gutherie, Peter A


Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 6:06 PM
To: Yu, Alan K; Bass, John R(S/ES-0); McCarthy, Deborah A
Cc: Borek, Jamison S; Schwab, Carol M(L address); McManus, Katherine D; Thessin, James H; Visek, Richard C
Subject: RE: MREs/WAREHOUSE ISSUE promising news-
Alan,

Regarding potential liability for providing foreign MREs as foreign assistance -- So long as these MRE inventories are
provided as foreign assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act, we would have a sovereign immunity argument to rely
upon. In essence, these MREs wouldn't be any different from other foreign assistance provided by the USG. Our
sovereign immunity claims would still be available to us.

One additional consideration to keep in mind is that the donor countries provided these MREs for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Thus, they were accepted under FEMA's gift authority and currently belong to FEMA (FEMA having "mission assigned"
OFDA to handle foreign assistance). So at some point these MREs must be "transferred" to State. After discussing with
Carol Schwab in UPM, there appear to be two ways to make this happen:

1) Attain acknowledgements from the donor countries that the donated MREs will no longer be used for Hurricane Katrina
relief. but instead for foreign assistance purposes. Basically this amounts to the countries re-gifting the MREs for foreign
assistance purposes and allows the Department to accept them under section 635 of the FAA. As far as I'm aware, the
only record of acceptance for the MREs was based on cables sent to our Embassy in the donor country. Since that's the
case, a written record that the donor country is now offering the MREs for foreign assistance purposes and that we're
accepting for such a purpose would probably suffice. [Carol: please add or correct if there would be additional
requirements here].

2) If the MREs have been irrevocably given to FEMA (which doesn't appear to be the case), the MREs could be
considered excess property and contributed under section 608 of the FAA. Apparently, USAlD has developed guidelines
and procedures for invoking this authority, so we would need to consult with them. Iwould recommend only going down
this route if for some reason the firsf option is not workable.

Of course, Gerry mentioned other practical concerns about getting these MREs to their destinations (expiration dates.
proper certification, etc.). I share his observation that what we don't want to happen is to send the MREs to the Ukraine or
other country and then have it determined that the MREs can not be used there. So clearing these practical hurdres before
we formally take possession of these MREs for foreign assistance purposes makes a great deal of sense.

Thanks,
Peter

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From: Thessin, James H
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:23 PM
To: Gutherie, Peter A; Visek, Richard C
Cc: Borek, Jarnison S; Schwab, Carol M(L address); McManus, Katherine D
Subject: FW: MREs/WAREHOUSE ISSUE - promising news
Peter, could you follow up on this and call Gerald Oberndorfer, who is the expert on where these MRE's may be sent?
My guess is that we have assistance agreements with the recipient countries already that limits or eliminates our
liability. Oberndorfer is with the part of EUR that programs Ihe SEED and Freedom Support Act funds.
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From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Tuesday, October 04,2005 4:17 PM
To: Cook, Nerissa 1; Adams, Thomas C; Oberndorfer, Gerald 3; Norman, Alain G
Cc: Thessh, James H
Subject: -
FW: MREs(WHAREH0USE ISSUE promising news

Not ready to pop corks, but promising - I want to see a'document before I believe. Deborah reports this is Karen
Marmoud in DHSlOffice of International Activities.

Action: Gerry, could you call Jim Thessin - deputy legal advisor (~78460)- he's looking at the liability issue and has
some questions on the ACE humanitarian program.

Thanks,
Alan

From: McCarthy, Deborah A


Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 3:35 PM
To: Bass, John R(S/ES-0); Yu, Alan K; Thessin, James H
Subject: MREs/WHAREHOUSE ISSUE

Just spoke to Karen. Believe OFDA is renewing lease on wharehouse.


Alan, can you give Jim more info on ACE program so we can get L input into the proposal?

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From: Kramer. David J
Sent: Wednesday, October 12,2005 8:46 AM
To: Allegrone, Kathleen H; Oberndorfer, Gerald J; Yu. Alan K; Pekala, Mark A
Cc: Rosenblum, Daniel; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M; Norman, Alain G; Cervetti, Angela M
Subject: RE: Vespers: MREs: No on ,Guatemala - back to ACE option -'question

Sorry, but I think sending Ukraine MREs that were about to be destroyed is not such a good idea. No problem
providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, including food, but this doesn't strike me as a good story -has
serious potential downsides and possible bad headlines, which we don't need.

Thanks,
David

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From: Allegrone, Kathleen H
Sent: Wednesday, October 12,2005 8:04 AM
To: Oberndorfer, Gerald 3; Yu, Alan K; Pekala, Mark A; Kramer, David 3
Cc: Rosenblum, Daniel; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M; Norman, Alain G; Cervetti, Angela M
Subject: RE: Vespers: MREs: No on Guatemala -- back to ACE option - question

MarWDavidlAlan

Info from ACE on Ukraine as a choice.

Kathy

From: Oberndorfer, Gerald 3


Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:02 AM
To: Yu, Alan K; Allegrone, Kathleen H
Cc: Rosenblum, Daniel; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M; Norman, Alain G; Cervetti, Angela M
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Subject: RE: Vespers: MREs: No on Guatemala -- back to ACE option question

Alan,

Primary reason for selecting Ukraine is that we have launched a new humanitarian program in the eastern
regions of Donets'k and Lugansk, specifically in the poor coal-mining areas and villages, with FY05 supplemental
funding. These areas did not support Yuchensko in the elections. I visited these areas in September to launch
this program. There is a real, need for food commodities in the government institutions, like orphanages,
boarding schools, homes for disabled, elderly homes, and medical facilities plus there is a great deal of extreme
poverty in all villages in the coal-mining regions where families have lost there only means of support as the result
of the closing of the mines. If we are going to take the MREs for our humanitarian program - this is the best
option.$

Your below elaboration is basicaljy correct with following mods: We have twelve countries of FSU. Six(6) of the
countries (Central Asia and Azerbaijan) and Crimea (where our humanitarian programs are for the Crimean
Tatars) are muslin. We don't send humanitarian assistance to Russian any more, Belarus is out for obvious
reasons, and there is no need in Armenia. Therefore, by the process of elimination we are also left with our
preferred option -- Ukraine.
\

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Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:48 AM
To: Allegrone, Kathleen H
Cc: Rosenblum, Daniel; Oberndorfer, Gerald J; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M; Norman, Alain G; Cervetti,
Angela M
Subject: RE: Vespers: MREs: No on Guatemala -- back to ACE option - question

Jerry can elaborate, but the way he explained it is:

ACE humanitarian program countries: seven

Five arepredominantly Muslim - pork MREs, so no.go.

Georgia does not accept food assistance in cans, so no go.

Leaves us Ukraine. Still need those phytosanitary docs from the UK. We get them and we can then roll
out the idea formally with the UK. Jerry's Ukrainedeployed team (I think these are contractors) is speaking
informally to Ukraine about taking these on.

From: Allegrone, Kathleen H


Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:51 PM
To: Yu, Alan K
Cc: Rosenblum, Daniel; Oberndorfer, Gerald J; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M; Norman, Alain G
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Subject: RE: Vespers: MREs: No on Guatemala -- back to ACE option question

Mentioned this tonight - but everyone was confused by the Ukraine option. Was that a garble?

From: Yu, Alan K


Sent: Tuesday, October 11,2005 4:30 PM
To: Allegrone, Kathleen H
Cc: Rosenblum, Daniel; Oberndorfer, Gerald 3; Nolan, Edwin R; Roy, Kenneth M; Norman, Alain G
Subject: Vespers: MREs: No on Guatemala -- back to ACE option

Kathy-
Guatemala told OFDA it doesn't need food aid.
PGI and ACE still working Ukraine option. We've asked Embassy London to get us quality certifications on *
foodstuffs from HMG. With that, we can go to UK and formally propose the ACE option.
Alan

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From: Sterling, Adam H
Sent: Friday, October 14,2005 12:38 PM
To : Norman, Alain G; Yu, Alan K; Keener, Geraldine F; Davidson, Teny R
Cc: Allegrone, Kathleen H; Cook, Nerissa J
Subject: RE: MRN 162270

Please 'include Colleen Graffy on MRE messages. I have forwarded this one to her.
..
Adam Sterling
EUR Special Assistant
(202)647-6285

From: Norman, Alain G


Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 12:29 PM
To: Yu, Alan K; Keener, Geraldine F; Davidson, Terry R
Cc: Allegrone, Kathleen H; Cook, Nerissa 1; Sterling, Adam H
Subject: FW: MRN 162270

FYI, more background (note initial stance: we accept everything in principle, but that we'd advise whetherlhow to
"implement" the offer).

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HOMELAND SECURITY CENTER WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE oooo
DEPT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE

U N C M STATE 162270

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
INFORM CONSULS

E.O. 12958: N/A


TAGS: PREL,ECON, AEMR, ASEC, CASC, MARR, AMGT, US
SUBTECT: TFUSoi: TASK FORCE FORMATION TO DEAL WITH THE
AFIERMATH OF HURFUCANE KATRINA.

STATE PASS USAID/OFDA

DHS FOR FEMA/OIA

1. This message contains an immediate action request in


para 3 for missions in countries that already have offered
the USG assistance. It also contains broader action
requests for all missions.

2. At 0700 EDT on September 2, the Executive Secreta~y


directed that a Task Force be established in the
Operations Center to support the Department of Homeland
Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency in
dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Task
Force's main mission is to provide a central clearinghouse
and coordination point for international offers of
assistance and welfare/whereabouts queries. The Task
Force will operate daily from 0700 to 2300 EDT until
further notice. Contact information for the Task Force is
. below at para 8.

OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

3. The Department, in consultation with ,other cabinet


departments, has decided to immediately accept in
principle allla11 offers of foreign assistance will be
accepted in principle. In those countries who already
have formally offered assistance, Chiefs of Mission are
instructed to convey the following interim reply by COB
Friday September 2 to senior host government official(s):

-- We are grateful for your generous offer and we accept


it in principle.

-- U.S. agencies are still evaluating the situation to


determine the most critical immediate needs. Our disaster
management experts will include your offer in their
planning of evolving disaster response efforts.

-- We will advise you as soon as we can on whether and how


we would like to implement your generous offer.

In those countries that have not yet made specific offers,


Chiefs of Mission should immediately respond to any
forthcoming offers with the preceding interim reply.
3

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
Note: we expect to provide more formal thanks in the
coming days.

4. Addressees should convey all offers of assistance to


the Task Force, preferably by front channel cable, but by
other means if necessary. It is not necessary to repeat
offers already conveyed prior to 2100 EDT September I.
Please be as specific as possible. These offers of
assistance will be reviewed by FEMA k ~ other
d USG entities
before a determination of acceptance will be made. The
Task Force will convey these decisions to posts.

5. Missions are authorized to open condolence books if


theybelieve it would be helpful and appropriate. Any.
other displays of mourning, including lowering of the flag
at U.S. Missions, will be communicated via septel.

6. The Department is periodically briefing


representatives of the diplomatic community in Washington
on the developing USG response and our efforts to address
their numerous whereabouts inquiries. We also are
. providing daily electronic updates to local missions.

WELFARE AND WHEREABOUTS ISSUES


.............................

7. Posts that receive welfare/whereabouts inquiries from


host government officials should convey this information
to the Task Force, which is working directly with foreign
missions on tracing issues. Please flag any high profile
or special circumstances cases.

8. Private foreign citizens should be urged to direct


their inquires to the appropriate foreign mission in the
United States if they cannot first contact their loved
ones/associates directly. The Department will follow up
with the foreign missions as appropriate. Post may also
refer private foreign citizens to the various public
websites listed in ALDAC State 161077of 9/1/05. In
addition, posts may refer private foreign citizens to the
ICRC website www.familvlinks.icrc.orq. This "Family News
Network of the ICRC" includes a specific tab for Hurricane
Katrina, allowing users to consult a list of names of
persons affected by the hurricane who have managed to
register themselves on the site.

TASK FORCE CONTACT INFORMATION


............................

9. For internal State Department business or other


official business, call (202) 647-6611. Unclassified fax
is (202) 647-7094.

During non-Task Force hours, calls may be directed to the


Operations Center at (202) 647-1512.

. 4

UNCLASSIFIED
, . . t

UNCLASSIFIED
. Task Force secure telephone numbers are: STU-III(202)
647-0765; STU-111 fax: (202) 647-0764.

The unclassified email address for the Task Force is


TaskForcel@State.gov'; The classified email'address for
the Task Force is 'TaskForcel@State.sgov.gov'.

Department of State personnel may email the Task Force at


the 'Task Force I' email collective address on both the
classified and unclassified email systems.

lo. The Task Force is under the direction of Amb. Eileen


A. Malloy. The Task Force includes representatives of the
following bureaus and offices: S/ES-O/CMS, CA, DS/OFM,
EAP, EB, EUR, M/DGHR/FLO, USAID/OFDA, OES, PA, PM, PRM,
WHA.

11. The Task Force is the center of all Department


activity concerned with this situation. All reporting
related to the Task Force should include the same
indicator which appears at the beginning of the subject
line of this message:

12.MINIMIZE CONSIDERED
RICE

UNCLASSIFIED

LNCLASSIFIED '
UNCLASSIFIED

Norman, Alain G
L
' , RELEASED INFULL
From: Keener, Geraldine F
Sent: Friday, October 14.2005 1 1:19 AM
To: Norman, Alain G
. Subject: RE: MRE press guidance & relief priorities cable

Thank you! g -

Gerry Keener
Press Office
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Department of State
202-647-0602
KeenerGF@State.gov
- - - - -Original Message-----
From: Norman, Alain G
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 11:17 AM
To: Yu, Alan K; Keener, Geraldine F; Davidson, Terry R
Cc: Allegrone, Kathleen H; Cook, Nerissa J; Sterling, Adam H
Subject: RE:,MRE press guidance & relief priorities cable
Importance: 'High
- PS:

Below is the needs.list cable that went out, indicating State was,obliging others in
seeking specific assistance items.
Note the following:
a) cable refs consultations with "emergencymanagement officials"
b) cable asks for MREs, inter alia

Cable Text:
UNCLASSIFIED
TELEGRAM September 04, 2005

TO : ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS - NIACT IMMEDIATE


Origin: SS
From: SECSTATE WASHDC (STATE ,163366 - NIACT IMMEDIATE)
TAGS : AEMR, EAID, PREL, US .

Captions: None
Subject: USG PRIORITY AREAS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF

Ref: STATE 163278, STATE 163729

1. Night Action required due to the need for immediate response to Hurricane Katrina.

2. (U) This is an action request.

3. (U) The Department instructs Chief of Mission to deliver the following. list of priority
needs to appropriate host government officials who are seeking guidance on the most
pressing needs connected with Hurricane Katrina relief operations.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: PRANK TUMMlNlA 6
DATEICASE ID: 23 AUG 2006 200503991

UNCLASSIFIED
' I ?

UNCLASSIFIED
4. (U) Begin points:
\

In consultation with USG emergency management officia1s;we have determined we will need
the following forms of assistance in conjunction with Hurricane Katrina relief operations:
a. Cash
b. MREs '
c. Water and ice
d. Generators (large and small; 110 and 220 acceptable; 60 hertz re6ired; note that many
other countries utilize 50 hertz) e. tarps and plastic sheeting f. Bedding (sheets,
pillows) g. medical supplies (first aid kits, bandages, crutches, wheelchairs, not/not .
formula and diapers j . Coolers k. Large tents
pharmaceuticals) h. Comfort kits i. ' ~ a b y
'1. Logistics crews m. Forklifts, pallets, and other shipping4 logistical supplies n.
Veterinarian supplies o. Cleaning supplies . .

* Please review the requirements we have listed and let us


* know if you can meet any or all of these needs and if you can
. * deliver them to the affected area by your own means or if
* delivery of these items will require U.S. assistance.
- - Total requirements and shortfalls have not been identified in full, the above list
represents those goods that are in high demand in the areas of concern.
- - On behalf of the President, the United States Government, and all Americans, I want to
express our heartfelt appreciation for your consideration of this request. We look
forward to working with,you in expediting offers of assistance for those who are so
greatly in need.
End points.
RICE

Additional Addressees :
None
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UNCLAS STATE 163366

FOR AMBASSADOR OR PRINCIPAL OFFICER


STATE PASS USAID/OFDA

E.O. 12958: N/A


TAGS: AEMR, EAID, PREL, US
SUBJECT: USG PRIORITY AREAS FOR HlTRRICANE KATRINA RELIEF

, REF: State 163278, State 163729 J

End Cable Text

- - - - - original Message-----
From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 10:37 AM
To: Keener, Geraldine F; Davidson, Terry R
Cc: Allegrone, Kathleen H; Cook, Nerissa J; Norman, Alain G
Subject: MRE press guidance

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED Page 1 of 1

Norman, Alain G RELEASED IN FULL


From: Allegrone, Kathleen H
Sent: Thursday, October 13,200511:36AM
To: Norman, Alain G
Subject: RE: Points-forWHA on MREs

great - thanks!

iI
From: Norman, Alain G
Sent: Thursday, October 13,2005 11:30 AM
To: Pekala, Mark A
Cc: Yu, Alan K; Allegrone, Kathleen H; Gram, Colleen P; Cook, Nerissa 3; Sterling, Adam H
Subject: Points for WHA on MREs
Importance: High

Mark,

I have been asked to send you the attached background and points for your consideration before you speak with the
relevant levels on WHA on the question of using donated MREs.

I hope it helps.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Alain

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMTNTA
DATEICASE ID: 23 AUG 2006 200503991
UNCLASSIFIED Page I of I

Norman, Alain G RELEASED IN FULL


From: Graffy, Colleen P
Sent: Thursday. October 13,2005 12:02 PM
To: Norman. Alain G
Subject: RE: Points for WHA on MREs

Excellent! Thank you!


cg
Colleen Graffy
EUWFO
76402

From: Norman, Alain G


Sent: Thursday, October 13,2005 11:30 AM
To: Pekala, Mark A
Cc: Yu, Alan K; Allegrone, Kathleen H; Graffy, Colleen P; Cook, Nerissa 3; Sterling, Adam H
Subject: Points for WHA on MREs
Importance: High

Mark,

I have been asked to send you the attached background and points for your consideration before you speak with the
relevant levels on WHA on the question of using donated MREs.

I hope it helps.

Please let me know if Ican be of further assistance.

Alain

UNITED STATES DEPAR%MENTOF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
mg&)&SE ID: 23 AUG 2006 200503991
LNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED Page 1 of 1

Norman, Alain G RELEASED IN FULL


From: Yu, Alan K
Sent: Thursday, October 13,2005 11:36 AM
To: Norman, Alain G
Subject: RE: Points for WHA on MREs

'These are really good. Thanks.

From: Norman, Alain G


Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:30 AM
To: Pekala, Mark A
Cc: Yu, Alan K; Allegrone, Kathleen H; Graffy, Colleen P; Cook, Nerissa J; Sterling, Adam H
Subject: Points for WHA on MREs
Importance: High

Mark,

I have been asked to send you the attached background and points for your consideration before you speak with the
relevant levels on WHA on the quest,ion of using donated MREs.

I hope it helps.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance,

Alain

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINTA
DATEICASE ID: 23 AUC 2006 200503991

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED Page 1 of 2
.. J

Norman, Alain G RELEASED I


N FULL
From: Norman, Alain G
'Sent: Tuesday, October 25,2005 2:46 PM
To: Harpole, J. Marinda(AF1RSA)
Cc: Horne. Todd
Subject: RE: More info on MREs

Thanks, but even better is what Todd wrote, in an email he also sent you:

Alain,

The majority of the pallets measure 48" x 40" x 80".


I
The average weight is 930 kilograms (2,050 Ibs) per pallet.
I
Some vary a little bit, but for the sake of good order I think it would be best,to use the above numbers.
I
We have approximately 1,000 pallets still in Little Rock.
I
Regards,
Todd

Alain

From: Harpole, 3. Marinda


Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:29 PM
To: Norman, lain G(Main State)
Subject: RE: More info on MREs UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
This is great! DATEICASE ID: 23 AUG 2006 '200503991

-----Original Message-----
From: Norman, Alain G
Sent:-Tuesday, October 25,2005 12128 PM
To: Harpole, 3. Marinda(AF/RSA)
Cc: Home, Todd; Yu, Alan K; Small, Jason A(AF/SPG); Snyder, Charles R(AF/SPG); Kotok, Sharon El
Subject: More info on MREs

Marinda,

Further to your inquiry, please find attached the last USAID-OFDA report I have on the quantity and sources of the
MREs.

Perhaps more relevant to the question of size Iweight is the info I copy below, indicating the number of actual
pallets. (Though, as of later today, there should be 10,000 less rations available, as these are going to WFP
personnel in Pakistan.)

Todd,

Is there some other data you have that could provide an estimate of (1) the weight of these things andlor (2) the
size of pallets. Each pallet may have some standard size, but perhaps you'll know from helping with the WFP-
destined ones.

1013 112005
UNCLASSIF-ED- -- -
I

UNCLASSIFIED Page 2 of 2

That kind of data would help with moving foward on transport to the AU at some point.

Many thanks.

Alain
<

ORIGIN PALLETS CASES INDIVIDUAL RATIONS


UK 972 43,403 331.256
Spain 19 327 7,947
French 5 93 837
Russian 26 1.659 9,954
German 10 502 3,012

TOTAL 1032 45,984 353,006

UNCLASSIFIED
Figure 3: Foreign Donated MREs in Storage as of November 9,2005

Source: GAO.

The costs for FEMA's receipt and later storage of the MREs and medical
supplies that were not distributed for the disaster were attributable in part
to the lack of policies and procedures needed to guide it through the
process of coordinating and accepting international in-kind assistance.
First, our review noted that FEMA's List of items that could be used for
disaster relief that was provided to DOS was very general and did not

Page 24 GAO-06-460 Hurricane Katrina International Aid


UNCLASSIFIED
I

Choi. Martino 1

From:
Sent:
To:
I Wednesday, septehber 14,2005 8:16 AM
Bass, John R (OPS)
RELEASED IN PART
Subject: FW: MRE update B6, B5
John, FYSA. Believe Deborah is handling, but thought you should be aware...
> -. - - - - Original Message-----
>From : CMS TaskForcel-Director
>Sent : Wednesday, September 14, 2005 8:14 AM '

>To: SES-0-CMS
>Subject: FW: update
>

>From : Gallagher, Michael F


>Sent : . Wednesday, September 14, 2005 7:14:09 AM
>To: Poisson, Beth L(London); avids son, Terry R; cervetti, Angela M;
> CMS TaskForcelC-coordinator; CMS ~askForce1-Director
>Cc : Domowitz, Susan (London); Donegan, James E (POL)(London)
>Subject: RE: MRE update
>Auto forwarded by a Rule

>Deborah - I have been doing Northern Ireland all day yesterday, and am not current on the
latest on M R E issues. Email just below if from my good buddy Beth Poisson, who is the new
press officer at our embassy in London. Can someone in the task force send us the very
latest on this - or give me at call at 76555 and I will come up and fetch it - I know
where you are! Thanks, Mike

>From: Poisson, Beth L


>Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 6 : 2 2 AM
>To: Davidson, Terry R(Main State); Cervetti, Angela M
>Cc: Gallagher, Michael F(Main State); Domowitz, Susan; Donegan, James
> E(POL)
>Subject : .FW: MRE update
>Importance: High
>
I
>Angela and Terry,
> I
>We need press guidance asap on the MRE issue. Could you please coordinate with USDAjPA
and get us something by our COB? Oncejif it hits The Sun, we expect our phones to be
ringing off the wall. I think we need to make three points:/ B5
I

>
>Thanks,
I
>Beth II
> I
> - - - - - Original
Message-----
>From : Roberts, Rick L
>Sent : Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:43 AM
>To: Poisson, Beth L
>Subject: FW: MRE update
>
>More on MREs
>
> - - - - - Original
Message-----
LINITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
DATEICASE ID: 06 DEC 2006 200503991 CLASSIFIED I
UNCLASSIFIED
>From: Donegan, James E (POL
>Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 7:14 AM
>To: Bass, John R (OPS)(S/ES-0)
>Cc: Roberts, Rick L; Skinner, Charles B; Gallagher, Michael F(Main State); Sterling,
Adam H(Main State); Johnson, David T; Roy, Kenneth M
>Subject: RE: MRE update
>
>JB - many thanks
>
>Ken - Kurt was very interested in this when he was here on Friday, when we thought the
problem was solved. He should be briefed on his return today. Also, given MOD heads-up
that this will be in "The Sunn perhaps tomorrow (see attachment) it would be useful to
have our public line on this as soon as its developed.
>Cheers
>Jim
>
> cc Message: RE: European/NATO MREs inspection completed and released
> from LR >>
>
>
>
>Jim Donegan
>lst Secretary - Political
>US Embassy
>London
>
>44-(0)20L7894-0114
7 (cel)
>
>doneganje2@state.gov
>
> - - - - - Original Message-----
> From : Bass, John R (OPS)(S/ES-0)
>Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 5:25 PM
>To: Donegan, James E (POL)(London)
>Cc: Roberts, Rick L(London); Skinner, Charles B(London); Gallagher, Michael F; Sterling,
.Adam H
>Subject: FW: MRE update
>
. >Jim - - some peripheral vision for you on latest state of play re MREs.
>
>Cheers, J B
>
> -----OriginalMessage-----
>From: Bass, John R (OPS)
>Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:06 PM
>To: CMS TaekForcel-Director; CMS TaskForcelC-Coordinator; CMS TaskForcelD-
DepCoordinator; CMS TaskForcelE; Ereli, Joseph A (PACE)(Washinigton); Casey, Thomas
H (PA/PRS); Wallace, Precious L
>Cc: Wayne, E Anthony; Greenwood, C Lawrence; Thomas, Harry K; Chacon, Arnold A; SES-
0-CMS .
>Subject: MRE update
>
>Results of just-concluded conference call organized by NSC that included DC and forward
staff of USDA, DHS,.HHS/FDA, OFDA:
>
>-- USDA reinspecting all foreign MREs received after garbled instructions last
~riday/Saturdayresulting in unapproved product being cleared in. Inspections being
conducted in contract warehouse space in Little Rock area. Have reviewed Approx 330
pallets so far. Addll 700 pallets arriving now after being pulled back from forward
distro site at Camp Beauregard.
>
>-- FDA deploying someone today to inspect those products cleared by USDA for entry to
verify safety/labelling aspect. The one guy they are deploying believes he can do this
expeditiously today; unclear if FDA will provide add'l resources if necessary. FDA guy
on-site does not have authority to clear product, must refer back to district director for
approval .
UNCLASSIFIED
>
>-- DHS (One of Chertoffrsdirect staff) confirmed that there is still/still a need for
MREs, at least in LA. Current consumption rate is 1 million/day; that's expected to
continue for at least a couple more days, perhaps longer, until longer-term feeding
operations are stood up. Unclear if problem is local shortages due to throughput problems
in distro chain or if there is scarcity b/c FEMA already burned through much of what's
been released from DOD war stocks.
>
>-- good news: most of the veggie MRES are palletized together -- which means if FDA
approves the product already cleared by USDA, some of these products will get to hungry
people soon.
> - - not-so-good news: the rest of the MREs - - expected to be on the order of 700,000, but
perhaps more - - would need to have the unapproved items (mostly meat) pulled out before
the remainder could enter Fema distro chain. USDA says it is prepared to provide
sufficient manpower at Little ~ o c kwarehouse to perform this function expeditiously. Way
in which these MREs are packed suggests this is feasible, if labor-intensive. Remainder
of commodities in these MREs would be consolidated, rather than left in individual MRE
boxes, and forwarded into FEMA distro. FEMA/OFDA forward folks on the call confirmed that
this could be useful if the overall shortage of MREs continues.
>
>Action forward: DHS will try to confirm whether general MRE shortage
>expected to continue long enough to justify the manpower/time required
>to separate out unapproved commodities. USDA will confirm that it has
>enough FSIS staff present to perform such a separation quickly
>
>Would be happy to include someone from EB on future calls if you'd like.
> .
\ >Cheers, JB
\

\
L. -.. - \. UNCLASSIFIED
Oliva. Amber M

From: CMS TaskForcel -Director


Sent: Wednesday, September 14,2005 'l2:33 PM RELEASED IN FULL
To : Norman, Alain G ; CMS TaskForcelC-Coordinator
Cc: "; TaskForce-I; Davidson, Terry R; Gallagher, Michael F; SES-0-CMS
Subject: .' RE: MRE's

PA rep on Task Force. Please track down lasts version which was given in final to PA
about two days ago.

> - - - - - Original Message-----


>From: Norman, Alain G
>Sent : Wednesday, September 14, 2005 12 :30 PM
>To: CMS TaskForcelC-Coordinator
K c : " ; TaskForce-1; Davidson, Terry R; Gallagher, Michael F
>Subject: RE: MRE1s
>
>Indeed, thank you.
>Will/are there any updates as well regarding the points below (from yesterday).
>If so, I believe Terry Davidson would like to know too.
>Alain Norman
>EUR/PGI
>Press points Regarding Foreign Donated Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and
>Other Donated Food
> - The United States greatly appreciates the support it has received from the
international community in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
> - Our goal is go make sure everyone affected by Hurricane Katrina has access to a safe, I
. .
wholesome,;food,..s,upply .+ a .- . i:,, ', : , ! . . J. :.. ,, .
, .:.' ., :, . .-
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> - In:particular, we appreciate countries providing MREs. : ,

> - As we've stressed, relief operations are very .dynamic. We are now sufficientily advanced
in our efforts to feed hurricane victims that no additional foreign donated MREs are
required.
> - We will develop plans for the disposition of those foreign donations that have been
received and are not immediately needed."
>ONLY IF ASKED:
> Q : How many items were set aside because they do not meet US Regulations?
> - Some proportion is being set aside; it is difficult at this point to determine a
percentage as the process is ongoing.
> Q : Were some commodities that did not meet US regulations distributed?
> - To meet urgent needs in the affected area, some commodities donated by foreign
governments were distributed before complete inspections were undertaken. It is possible
some of those commodities would not meet all US specifications.
> Q : Is it possible that the NATO MRE's that do not meet US regulations are provided to US
troops when serving with NATO forces?
>Refer the question to the Department of Defense.
>
>
>
>From: Gallagher, Michael F
>sent : Wednesday, September 14, 2005 12r14 PM
>To: CMS TaskForcelC-Coordinator
>Cc: Norman, Alain G; ; TaskForce-1
>subject: RE: MRE1s
>
>Thanks so much -very useful - mike
>
>
>From: CMS ~askForcelc-~oordinator(S/~S-O/TF)
>Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:54 AM
>TO: Gallagher, Michael F
>Cc: Norman, Alain G; Yu, Alan K; TaskForce-1
UNITED STATES DE PARTM EN7. OF STATE 1
REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TURIWINIA
DATEICASE ID: 08 NOV 2006 200503991
UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
>Understood you were interested in this iiiforiiiatioii.
>
>MRE situation:
>At present, 330 pallets of British MREs are located in Little Rock at a private
warehouse, and are being separated into vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Approximately 30
pallets should be cleared by the FDA today and moved into the distribution system. There
are an additional 700 pallets at Camp Beauregard to be returned to Little Rock for USDA
and FDA approved, and pending approval, the vegetarian MREs would enter the distribution
system. The option of breaking down the MRE packets and removing the meat products is
being explored.
>
>Dave Kostelancik
>Coordinator, TFUS-01

UNCLASSIFIED
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UNCLASSIFIED
O'Herron, Petra C
From: Bame,David J I
Sent: Thursday,September08,2005 2:45 PM
To: CMS TaskForcel-Director
Cc: TaskForce-I
Subject: RE:Katrina:Burns at HIRC RELEASED IN PART

Thanks.
- - - - - Original Message-----
From: CMS TaskForcel-Director
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:39 PM
To: Bame, David J
Cc : TaskForce-1
Subject: RE: Katrina: Burns at HIRC

MREs are HUGE problem. We pulled NATO procurement guidance and each country prepares
according to its own domestic standards - no NATO standard. Also, no USDA approval to
import MREs containing beef from NATO countries. USDA has not yet decided to seek waiver
yet.. .

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Prom: Bame, David J
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:12 PM
To: CMS TaskForcel-Director
Subject: RE: Katrina: Burns at HIRC

Not so far - - though I think testimony continues.


FYI: heard that E is agreeing with~gricultureon need to inspect foreign MRE1s. Have you
heard about'this? Has anyone looked at whether there might be some sort of "waiiverU for
MRE1s from NATO members that might be already cleared,for all 26 Allies? Am I clutching
at straws? (OK, I know the answer to the last one.)

David
- - - - -Original Message-----
From: CMS TaskForcel-Director
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:09 PM
To: Bame, David J
Cc: TaskForce-1
Subject: RE: Katrina: Burns at HIRC

This is good. Thanks. Just wanted to know if he was thrown any thorny questions. Eileen
- - - - -Original Message-----
From: Bame, David J
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:05 PM
To: CMS TaskForcel-Director; Thomas, Harry K
Cc: CMS TaskForcelC-Coordinator; CMS TaskForce3B; SES-4; Heffern, John A; CMS TaskForcelA-
OMS; Chacon, Arnold A; Bass, John R (OPS); P-Officers
Subject: FW: Katrina: Burns at HIRC

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE 1


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
DATEICASE ID: 10 0 C T 2006 200503991 LJNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED

Hope that helps.

David

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
RELEASE
MRE Update and the Contents

Most of the Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) in question is fiom the UK* (about
300,000 of some 340,000). Other sources of the MREs included France,
Gennany, Russia and Spain.

The World Food Program took 10,000 MREs to feed its personnel doing
humanitarian work in Pakistan last month.

The MREs contain beef, lamb and pork. The beef and lamb are
predominantly sourced from non-EU countries (South America and New
Zealand) but there small amounts from Spain. We do not believe many
vegetarian MREs, if any, remain.

We understand that Haiti and Honduras, among other countries, do not keep
UK beef or beef products from being imported. **

The shelf life of the MREs is until approximately mid-2006. Accordingly,


1
\, now is the time to put them to good use. t ;

*Note: According to British sources, their MREs (or "Operational Ration


Packs (ORPs)") include the following characteristics:
In strictly legal terms all the food components in the ORP are of
EU origin as they have been manufactured in EU approved
processing plants within the EU.
The beef & lamb is predominantly sourced from non-EU
countries (S America & NZ) but there small amounts from
Spain.
Some of the beef for the Beef Pate was sourced fiom EU (UK
& Ireland).
All ORP components are purchased from EU approved
manufacturers who must meet the requirements of the
extremely detailed Armed Services Food Specifications
(ASFS).

** See attached list.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT O F STATE


REVIEW AUTHORTTY: FRANK T U M M l N l A
DATEICASE I D : 03 NOV 2006 200503991 UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
Hart, Geneva R RELEASED IN PART ,
From: Ferencevych. Yaryna N B6
Sent: Friday. September 23, 2005 8:32 PM
To: Katrina Working Group
Subject: MRE's Cable Responses to date.

Follow Up Flag: Follow up '

Flag Status: Blue

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TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD,'ECON, AMGT, SZ, FR, IT
SUBJECT: POSSIBLE ITALIAN AND SWISS MRE PROVIDERS

REF: SECSTATE 175147

Econ Specialist contacted Italy's Department of Civil


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
DATEICASE ID: 12 SEP 2006 200503991 I~NCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
Protection and was given the contact information of four
ltalian companies that supply meals ready to eat. One
company indicated that it could not supply MREs in the
numbers requested. Two of the Italian firms gave us partial
quotes., The fourth firm passed our inquiry directly to its
Swiss partner, which provided a detailed quote reported below
'
and could deliver MREs within 4-6 weeks. Embassy Bern may
wish to follow up with the Swiss firm, if they prove to be a
likely source of MREs.

Potential ltalian Provider: CAMST

CAMST
Via Tosarelli 318
Villanova di Castenaso
Bologna
tel 39-05-1601-741 1
fax 39-05-16053502
Rome ofice 39-06-8632-5742
Rome fax 39-06-8621-7882
POC: Fabrizio Bur
cell for Mr. Buratti

CAMST indicated they might be able to supply vegetarian MREs,


but they need more information on where and how the meals
would be delivered before quoting a price and committing to a
delivery. Basic cost per meal would be about euro 5 (approx.
$6).
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Potential ltalian Provider:.ROMANA
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ROMANA RISTORAZIONE, spa
Via Gaverina, 14
00176 Roma
tel 39-06-3099-9473
fax 39-06-3099-9547
romana.ristorazione@tiscali.it
C Romana Facchinelli cellphone

Cost per meal (including tax) euro 3.50 ($4.25). Menu


choices include:

I)pasta salad (olive oil, fresh tomatoes, olives, cheese.


basil, salt)

2) quiche (pasta, spinach, olive oil, cheese)

3) potatoes with parsley (potatoes, olive oil, salt, parsley).

Meals can be maintained for 12 hours at room temperature and


24 hours in refrigerator. Can be transported for four days in
freezer container. .

...................................
Swiss Firm Contacts Embassy Rome With Quote
......................................

The last ltalian company turned out to be the ltalian


distributor for the Swiss company Sevim. Sevim distributes a

U ~ C L A SIFIED
S
UNCLASSIFIED
. product, produced in France,, called "Quick Cuisine"
(www.quickcuisine.info). After hearing of our inquiry to
their Italian partner, Sevim contacted Embassy Rome directly
with the following information.

Contact Info

Name of vendor: SEVIM S.A., Grand-Rue 114, CH-1820 Montreux,


Switzerland.

Name of manufacturer: Bocage Restauration. B.P. 21


Sammarcolles, F-'86201Loudun cedex. France.

English speaking contact: Nicky Sevim

SEVlM S.A.
Grand-Rue 114
CH-1820 Montreux
Switzerland
Tel: ( 41) 21 963 7440 or ( 41) 21 963 7485
or ( 41) 21 963 7483

Cost

Cost per vegetarian MRE including feesltaxes is euro 2.37


($2.90) delivered to any U.S. port. Price could be
negotiable, if USG places a firm order.

Ingredients
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The factory is FDA apir6ved, no. FCE12879. Three menus
available:

1) Ravioli stuffed with vegetables in tomato sauce

2) Rice with ratatouille (mixture of cooked eggplant, baby


marrows. tomatoes. peppers, garlic, onions)

3) Cooked mixed vegetables and potatoes.

The meals are sterilized and have a lifetime of three years.


Heating system has shelf-life of two years. There is no need
for refrigeration, and the meals can be stored at "ambient"
temperature, but not below freezing point.
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Delivery

Estimated time for deliver is 4 to 6 weeks depending on the


quantities.

Packaging Specifications

Packaging specifications for transport, including estimated


UNCLASSIFIED
. weight, dimensions and MREs per package:

' Each meal package weighs 7009 (including heating mechanism.


food itself is 3009).

Each carton (six meals) is 34 cm x 17.5 crn x 16.5 cm.

'2,210 cartons (13,260 meals) in a 20 foot container


(9,282kg).

' 4,488 cartons (26,928 meals) in a 40 foot container


(18,850kg).

Embassy Rome will report any additional quotes received


septel.
SPOGLI

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TAGS: PREL. EAID, ETRD. ECON. AMGT, DA
SUBJECT: NO COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF VEGGIE MRE'S IN DENMARK

REF: STATE 175147

1. (U) Per reftel request, Danish MFA Export Advisor Michael


UNCLASSIFIED
Hillmose told poloff that he cou!d not identify any Danish
companies that make vegetarian MRE.s.

2. (U) Hillmose did note that two Danish companies produce


bther products that could be potentially useful. Arla Foods
specializes in dairy products and Compact makes ready-to-eat
nutrition products (e-g. protein bars). In addition, Findus .
Denmark AIS makes frozen vegetarian products in five kilo
proportions, but these products must be heated. If
Washington has any interest in these commercial vendors,
Embassy will follow up to elicit further information.
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E.O. 12958: N/A


TAGS: EAID. ETRD, ECON, AMGT, UK
SUBJECT: UK VEGETARIAN MRE SUPPLIERS

REF: SECSTATE 175147

1. Summary: The company that supplies the UK military with


MREs reports that they do not maintain large stocks, and that
it would take many weeks for them to supply us with needed
rations. LIK MODtells us that they do not have excess stocks
of vegetarian MREs. Other LIK MRE producers do not appear to
be able to provide the quantities of vegetarian MREs that we
may be seeking. End Summary.

2. FEMA and OFDA officials should look at the following web


site for a very detailed presentation on the composition of
the various MREs used by British forces. Because of the
ethnic and religious diversity of the British military, a
variety of options, including a vegetarian option, are
available. See: http:llwww.mod.uWlinked fileslpublications
UNCLASSIFIED

3. The Web site of the Ministry of Defence's Logistics Group


reports that since 1997, "the UK's largest food service
distributor '3663"' has had the contract for the production
of British military field rations. Details on the 3663
company's MRE operations can be found at
http://www.3663.co.uk /gen/ourservices MinistryDefence.aspx

4. Our Foreign Agricultural Service office contacted 3663


(POC: Richard Graham Tel:
tells us that while they could
by the USG, they do not maintain large stocks. Rations could
be produced for us at 7.52 British pounds each (for standard
military rations). 100,000 could be delivered after 9 weeks,
with an additional 100,000 delivered every six weeks
thereafter. "Commercial" rations are available at 4.50
British Pounds each. 100.000 could be delivered after 8
weeks, with an additional 100,000 delivered every six weeks
thereafter. For more immediate requirements, 3663 suggested
we consider buying MREs directly from LIK MOD.

5. Our Office of Defense Cooperation has been in contact


with MOD'SDefence Logistics Group - Defence Catering
Service. Our point of contact there is Mr. Dick Downer (Tel:
Mr. Downer was aware of our possible
re~orted that thev have no excess stocks
of vegetarian MREs - the; suggested w i deal directly with
3663.

6. Embassy Dublin informed us that lrish military forces get


their MREs from a UK company called lrish Procurement
Services in Wales. We contacted the company and found that
they are a very small operation (they were quite stunned by
the size of the orders that we are contemplating). They have
no stock of vegetarian MREs.

7. We have learned of one other possible UK MRE producer, a


company called Fra Angelico Ltd. in Waterford, England. Our
initial contacts with them were not encouraging. We had
difficulty reaching any of the company's officers. We
followed up today and learned they they are essentially a
sub-contractor for the larger supplier 3663, and that they
obtain their supplies from outside the UK (possibly from
Italy).

8. We are also looking into the Hotcan company identified by


Embassy Berlin, but we do not expect them to have the kinds
of MREs we are looking for.

Visit London's Classified Website:


http://www.state.sqov.qov/~leur/london/index.cfrn
Tuttle

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E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD, ECON, AMGT, SP
SUBJECT: SPANISH COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF MRES FOR POSSIBLE
PURCHASE

REF: A. SECSTATE 175147


B. MADRID 3354
C. FORDER-CHAN TELCONS

1. Following up on Embassy's Ref A request (as reported in


Ref B), a senior official in the Spanish Agency for
International Cooperation (AECI - USAlD equivalent) called
ESTHOFF late September 22 with contact information on the .
three major suppliers of MREs to the Spanish Armed Forces.
According to AECI, each of these three companies, under a
negotiated arrangement, supplies one-third of total GOS MRE
needs. ESTHOFF immediately informed USAIDIOFDNRMT (Ref C).

2. Early September 23, ESTHOFF contacted the three companies


and met with a senior executive of one of the three
(JOMIPSA). All three companies indicated that they had nolno
stocks of vegetarian MREs on hand but could "quickly"
UNCLASSIFIED
. manufacture such MREs. ESTHOFF asked each company to
supply, via EMail, the information requested in Ref A. Two
of the three companies, JOMIPSA and UCALSA, anticipated being
able to supply this information by COB September 23. The
third company, ALONSO HIPERCAS. (the only one of the three
with no prior experience in supplying vegetarian MREs), was
not certain it could supply the requested information by
Monday September 26. Contact details keyed to Ref A format
and commentary on each company are delineated below.

3. Company One:

A. Name: JOMIPSA
B. English speaking POC is D
s/n, 03550 San Juan. Alicante.
Fax: (34) 96-5650205; EMail:
site: www.jomipsa.es - .
,
C. Cost per meal: TBD, should be contained in the EMail
,expected by COB 9/23
D. List of Ingredients: Ditto
E. Delivery to U.S. time lag: Ditto, but -Pascual thought it
would be take roughly three weeks
F. Packing Specs: Ditto

Comments: Pascual. upon learning of our interest, insisted


on immediately coming to the Embassy to meet ESTHOFF. He
indicated that his company has long-standing experience in
manufacturing vegetarian MREs and gave ESTHOFF a sample
vegetarian MRE along with detailed information on JOMIPSA.
Post is scanning the company information and will attach it
to the EMail we expect to send to USAIDIOFDNRMT once we
receive the above requested information from JOMIPSA.
Pascual said his company was willing to DHL to Washington a
sample vegetarian MRE plus a hard copy of the company
information. If we are interested, please provide ESTHOFF
Ken Forder (forderk@state.gov) with a delivery nameladdress.
Pascual said JOMIPSA has had long-standing contracts with the
Spanish and French militaries, as well as with the UN. While
JOMIPSA had no vegetarian meals in stock, he thought his
company could .manufacture and deliver them to a designated
airport in the U.S. in approximately three weeks.

4. Company Two:

A. Name: UCALSA
POC is Manual Ruiz, Tel: (34)
rther contact information should be contained
w d c t e d bv COB 9123.
C. Cost per meal: TBD, should be contained in the EMail
expected by COB 9/23
D. List of Ingredients: Ditto
E. Delivery to U.S. time lag: Ditto. but Ruiz thought it
would be take between one and two weeks
F. Packing Specs: Ditto

Comments: Ruiz said that while UCALSA had no stocks of


vegetarian MREs on hand, the company does have significant
experience in manufacturing such MREs. He believed UCALSA
could manufacture and ship vegetarian MREs to the U.S. with a
one to two week time lag from time of order. Ruiz also noted
that UCALSA is a long-standing supplier of MREs to the
Spanish and several African militaries.

5. Company Three:
UNCLASSIFIED
A. Name: ALONSO HIPERCAS
B. Non-En lish speaking POC is Ricardo Quintana, Tell (34)
h rther contact information. includina the name
%-caking POC, should be contained yn the EMail
expected by 9/26.
C. Cost per meal: TBD, should be contained in the EMail
expected by 9/26
D. List of Ingredients: Ditto
E. Delivery to U.S. time lag: Ditto
F. Packing Specs: Ditto

Comments: Quintanaopenly admitted that his firm has no


experience manufacturing vegetarian MREs. Nonetheless,h e
was interested in the potential market and indicated he would.
attempt to provide the information requested in Ref A by
early next week.

6. COMMENT: If Washington is interested in purchasing


vegetarian MREs from Spain, we recommend reaching out to
either JOMIPSA or UCALSA. JOMIPSA was clearly the most
aggressive and experienced of the three. We understand that
JOMIPSA focuses its business on the manufacture of MREs,
while UCALSA puts more emphasis on the general feeding of
Spanish forces abroad (e.g., UCALSA operates the kitchens
that feed the Spanish military forces in Afghanistan).

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TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD, ECON. AMGT, KS, JA. XG
SUBJECT: COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF MRES FOR POSSIBLE PURCHASE

REF: STATE 175147

1. Due to the national holiday in Japan, detailed information


on commercial sources of MRES including price, lot size, and
delivery will not be available to us until September 26. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense Agency have
undertaken to provide us with details on the suppliers of
military and humanitarian rations on September 26. We will
provide that information to the OFDA RMT at that time.

2. The Government of Japan procures domestically produced


humanitarian or "rescue" rations for use in both overseas
disaster assistance and in case of earthquakes or other .
natural disasters. We have been able to determine that the
following firms produce "rescue" meals:

Forica Foods Company


286 Horinouchi, Uonuma-City, ~ i i ~ a t a i k e949-7492
n, Japan
tel: 81-25-794-2211
fax: 81-25-794-4428

Forica Foods Company's "Rescue II" meal consists of rice with


chestnuts and vegetables, accompanied by soup. It also has
an integral heating element, spoon and napkin and retails for
about ten dollars a meal.

Nisshin
I-l,4-Chorne Nishi-Nakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka 532-8524,
Japan
tel: 81-6-6305-7711
fax: 81-6-6304-1288
Japan's largest manufacturer of both wet noodles in thermal
packages, dry noodles in cups.

Alfa Foods (Tokyo Office)


Arai Building, 4-1 1-7 Haccobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan
Tel:81-3-3552-7578
fax: 81-03-5541-8352
Manufactures rice-pack products, i.e., risotto-type foods and
spiced soup with rice.

Q.P. Corporation
1-4-13 Shibuya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0002 Japan
Tel: 81-3-3486-3331

Jiffy Foods Co. (Tokyo Office)


1-9, Yuwa Bldg. Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 103-0004
Japan
Tel: 81-3-5821-1621
Fax: 81-3-5821-1625
Products include freeze-dried foods.
UNCLASSIFIED
3. Data on cost. specific ingredients and delivery times
will be transmitted to Washington as soon as received.

4. Embassv Tokvo POC is Pol-Mil Officer A ~ a Sidhu.


r He can

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AMCONSUL SYDNEY PRIORITY

UNCLAS CANBERRA 001608

STATE FOR USAID'S OFFICE OF FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE


(OFDA) RESPONSE MANAGEMENT TEAM

E.O. 12958: N/A


TAGS: PREL, END, ETRD, AMGT, AS
SUBJECT: AUSTRALIA LACKS COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE SOURCE OF
MRES

REF: SECSTATE 175147

1. (SBU) Australia does not appear to have convenient


commercial stocks of MREs that the USG could purchase.
UNCLASSIFIED
2. (SBU) The Senior Export Advisor for the Food Division of
AusTrade provided the Embassy with Australian commercial
contacts, but noted that these companies provide either
frozen or canned food meals. They don't do MREs.

3. (SBU) Our contact at the Australian Department of


Defense noted that it purchased food items directly form a
number of contracted vendors and has !hem packaged by a firm
in Sydney for use by the military. The firms involved cannot
sell these items directly on the commercial market, and while
the Australian military does have three-meals-in-a-pack MREs
stockpiled, the USG would need a formal
government-to-government request to purchase them from the
GOA.

Stanton

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AMEMBASSY DUBLIN PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY MADRID PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY PARIS PRlORlTY
AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY
UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLAS THE HAGUE 002580

E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD, ECON, AMGT, NL, BEXP. KS, JA, XG
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS: IDENTlFlCATlONN OF COMMERCIAL SOURCES
OF MRES FOR POSSIBLE PURCHASE

REF: STATE 175147

1. This is an action request; please see para 4.

2. In response to reftel, Post identified three possible


Outch sources of vegetarian MREs. The companies have
confirmed that they produce MREs for private and public
organizations. However, they were unable to confirm current
stocks of vegetarian MREs, as well as cost and other details
requested reftel. Post expects more detailed information on
Friday, September 23.2005.

3. Suppliers are as follows:

-- A. Struik Foods Voorthuisen B.V.


B. Voorthuizenweg 9,3892 PZ Voorthuizen, the Netherlands
Tel: 31-34-247-4848
Fax: Not available
Website: www.struik.nl
Contact Person: Mr. W. Wessels
C. Not available
D. Not available
E. Not available
F. Not available

-- A. Bonduelle Benelux
B. Hooge Zijde 26, Postbus 28052,5602 JB Eindhoven, the
Netherlands
Tel: 31-40-261-8833
Fax: 31-40-261-8834
Website: www.bonduelle.nl
Contact: Mr. B. Hoosemans
C. Not available
0. Not available
E. Not available
F. Not available

-- A. Unilever Food Solutions


6. Nassaukade 3,3071 JL Rotterdam. Postbus 1250.3000 BG
Rotterdam
Tel: 31-10-439-4308
Fax: Not available
Website: www.unileverfoodsolutions.nl
Contact: Mr. Martine Martin
I
G.~ oavallaDle
t
0. Not available
E. Not available
F. Not available

4. Action request: Please inform Post if Washington will


contact these suppliers directly, or whether Post should
follow up with the companies.

BLAKEMAN

~RCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
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AMCONSUL AUCKLAND

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000740

STATE FOR EAPIANP

E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL, AMGT, EAID. ECON, ETRD, NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND: COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF MRES

REF: STATE 175147

1. Per reftel, following is information on three companies


in New Zealand that supply ration packs or "retort meals."
The packs are similar to MREs, but do not include a heating
source. The pouched meals can be eaten cold, but normally
would be heated in boiling water or opened and heated over a
flame. All three companies supply the packs to the New
Zealand and Australian defense forces. The first two
companies have stocks on hand; the third company does not
but is capable of filling large orders.

Serco Project Engineering Ltd.

A) Serco Project Engineering Ltd.

B) Point of contact: David Montgomery, Serco Project


Engineering, Trentham Military Camp, Private Bag 905, Upper
Hutt, New Zealand; tel011-64-4-52 -5444; fax 01 1-64-4-527-
5192; ce mai

C) NZ $25 (US $17.35) per 24-hour ration pack. enough for


one day for a military member involved in heavy activity;
otherwise, it could feed an adult for three days.
UNCLASSIFIED
D) The packs are available in four different menus.
including beef and vegetable stew and chicken curry; beef
satay and lamb and mint gravy; chili beef with rice and
chicken pasta and vegetables; and, chicken teriyaki and
mushroom risotto. The packs also include highenergy snacks
such as fruit muesli bars and cookies; chocolate bars; tea
and coffee; chocolate drink; soup and crackers; and, muesli
cereal.

E) If the packs were shipped via air freight. the estimated


time for delivery to the U.S. would be 24 to 36 hours.

F) Ten meal packs are packaged in a carton. Each carton


weighs 15 kilograms (33 pounds) and is roughly 600mm by
400mm by 250mm (23.6 by 16 by 10 inches).

G) The company could immediately provide 30,000 to 40,000 of


its 24-hour ration packs (possibly equivalent to 100,000
MREs). 'The company has a website: www.spel.co.nz.

Multi-Pack Ltd.

A) Multi-Pack Ltd.

6) Point of contact: Neil Duncan, Multi-Pack Ltd., P.O. Box


15192, Wellington, New Z land: tel011-64-4-380-9634:
01 1-64-4-380-9635; e-ma

Alternate point of contact: Garth Maclntyre, Multi-Pack


Ltd., P.O. Box 15192. Wellington. New Zealand; tel 011-644-
9764814 fax 01 1-644-976-4581; e-mail
7 I
C) Cost would depend on the number and type of meals
purchased.

D) The company offers various types of packs. As an


example, its "bush fire meal pack" includes a pouch of beef
and vegetables or mushroom risotto; beef or chicken instant
noodles; fruit muesli bars; sultanas; chocolate bar, .
sweetened condensed milk; sugar; chocolate drink powder;
instant coffee; tea bag; and, a sports drink.

E) If the packs were shipped via air freight. the estimated


time for delivery to the U.S. would be 24 to 36 hours.

F) Thirty-two meal'packs are packaged in a carton. Each


carton weighs 14.75 kilograms (32.5 pounds) and is 560mm
long, 380mm wide and 220mm high (22 by 15 by 8.6 inches).

G) The company could not estimate how many meals it could


provide immediately, except to suggest the number would be
in the thousands. The company's website is at
www.portionpackfoods.com, which lists additional types of
1
meal packs available.

Prepared Foods Processing Ltd.


----------------------
A) Prepared Foods Processing Ltd. (PFL)

B) Points of contact: Jim Pendleton. CEO, or Dean Moana,


commercial manager; 117 Ruahini Street. P.O. Box 942.
Palmerston North, New Zealand; tel 011-64-6-357-1009; fax
UNCLASSIFIED
011-64-6-356-1733;e-mail for Jim Pendleton:
food~ro@~n.co.nz:e-mail for Dean ~oana:-

C) NZ.$4 to $6 per ration pack (US $2.78 to $4.17)

D) Meal packs are put together on order; ingredients range


from beef to chicken to vegetarian dishes.

E) Because the company provides its ration packs based on


orders, it would take four to six weeks to manufacture and
deliver ttie packs to the U.S.

F) Forty meals are packed in a carton. Each carton weighs


11.24 kilograms (24.7 pounds).

G) The company's website is at www.pfl.co.nz. Under


"Products - Types of Products" is a list of potential meal
ingredients.

2. As requested in reftel. post also will respond, via e-mail


to OFDA.

BURNETT

UNCLASSIFIED
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HOMELAND SECURITY CENTER WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY


JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRlORllY
AMEMBASSY TOKYO
AMEMBASSY SEOUL
AM EMBASSY OTTAWA
AMEMBASSY DUBLIN
AMEMBASSY BERLIN
AMEMBASSY MADRID
AMEMBASSY LONDON
UNCLASSIFIED
- AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE
AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM

WNCLAS PARIS 006488

STATE FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT SUPPORT and E U W E


TREASURY FOR DOllM
JOINT STAFF FOR J-SIEUR
DHS FOR FEMAIOIA

-E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD. ECON, AMGT, US, FR
SUBJECT: NO FRENCH COMMERCIAL SOLIRCES OF VEGETARIAN MRES

REF: STATE 175147

Per ref request, we checked with French MFA and MOD


contacts, but preliminary information indicates that French
MREs pose two problems: they are not produced by commercial
sources, and they are generally not vegetarian. The MFA
promised to investigate the matter further, and we will
relay any information we get.
STAPLETON#

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UNCLAS.OTTAWA 002857
UNCLASSIFIED
STATE FOR W HAlCAN
USAlD FOR OmFDARMT CAROL CHAN, TONY S T l T l AND STEPANIE
SAVOLIANE

E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL. EAID. ETRD, ECON. AMGT, CA
SUBJECT: CANADA: COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF MRES FOR POSSIBLE
PURCHASE

REF: SECSTA-rE 175147

Post has identified the followig potential sources of


vegetarian MREs as requested reflel. If we learn of possible
addtional sources we will send a follow-up report.

1. Bauly Specialty Foods

Vendor: Le Baron
Manufacturer: Bauly Specialty Foods
Mr. Len Bauly
7620 Anaka Drive
Missassauga, Ontario, Canada L4T 3H7

1-800-351-FOOD (3663) phone


905677-9734 fax

Price per unit. (which has a double serving): C$7.60 (about


US$6.50), including taxes.
NOTE: This company will provide us with a 40% discount.
See the following link for a full price summary:
http:/lwww.bauIv.com/PDFPricelist.pdf

Ingredients: All vegetarian - no animal by products. They


do have a small presence in the U.S. so are familiar with FDA
regulations.

Delivery time: Bauly can produce approximately 3,000 units


per week (which, with the double servings. can serve 6,000
individuals). They estimate it would take approximately 10
days for the first delivery (production time included) with
shipments every seven days thereafter.

Package specifications: The pouches are 8x8 inches and, when


filled, are approximately 1 inch thik.

2. Harvest Foodworks

Manufacturer: Harvest Foodworks


Mr. Tony Barnes
445 Highway 29 - RR 1
Toledo, ON, Canada, KOE 1YO

1-800-268-4268 or 613-275-2218 phone


613-275-1359 fax
/

Price per unit: The vegetarian unit, which has a 2-year


shelf life, requires water. One unit is a 2-portion meal and
UNCLASSIFIED
costs C$6.00. However, the price would be about half that
for purchases of over 100.000 units.

Ingredients: Too many to name. but they ship to the US


frequently so would not expect a problem with FDA inspection.

Delivery time: Approximately 3 4 weeks for 100.000 units.

Package specifications: Mr. Barnes was unable to indicate an


approximate weight. However, each case has12 units, with
105 cases per patlet.

3. Freeze-Dry Foods Limited

Manufacturer: Freeze-Dry Foods Limited


Mr. Buzz Grant, Chairman
579Speers Road
Oakville, Ontario, Canada L6K 2G4

905-844-1471 phone
905-844-8140 fax

Freeze-Dry Foods does not currently produce MREs, but they do


freeze-dry and can foods. They have a branch in Albion, New
York and are a supplier to Emergency Essentials in Orem,
. Utah. They have USDA, FDA, CFlA (Canadian Food Inspection
Agency) and HACCP approved facilities.

Visit Canada's Classified Web Site at


http:llwww.state.sclov.uovlplwhalottawa

UNCLASSIFIED
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UNCLAS BERI-IN 003300

E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD. ECON, AMGT. KSAC, JA, XG. GM
SUBJECT: IDENTtFlCATlON OF GERMAN SOURCES OF MRES

REF: STATE 175147

I.Post identified the following possible commercial sources


.of MREs in Germany:

-- Outdoorverpflegung in Plettenberg, Germany. POC is Mr.


are
availa into how many it could
provd
i -aa
libe
l. Price
would be euros 4.50 per meal for MRE. water for heating,
plastic spoon, and bubble wrap. Price would be lower for the
MRE by itself. An order for several thousand would reduce
the price. The company provides MREs to the German military.

-- Outdoorverpflegungalso told us about a partner company in


England that produces ready-to-eat food in self-heating cans.
The comoanv is called Hotcan. According to
0utdoorverPflegung, POC is Graham ~avibr.UK Cell Phone:
-mail: h iddress: O~erational

chesterfield ~ r a d i n gEstate, Sheepbridge. Chesterfield,


Derbyshire S41 9QB. Te!: (44)1246-268988, Fax{
(44)1246-451046.
'
-- DAO sources also reported that the German military
produces/assembles MREs itself from individual components it
buys from various suppliers. DAO contacts will provide
details September 23 regarding existing stocks.

2. Berlin POC for this issue is Economic Officer Jordan


Stancil. Contact details:

Office Tel: (49)(30)8305-2320


Fax: (49M3018305-2339

Cell: (49)(1 n
E - M ~ ~~Ia: n ~ i l j ~ @ s t a t e . ~ o v
Home Tel:

I
3. Back-up POC is EMlN Robert F. Cekuta. Contact details:

Office Tel: (49)(30)8305-2305


Fax: (49)(30)8305-2339
E-Mail: cekutarf@state.gov
He can be reached 2417 via the Embassy Berlin switchboard at
(49)(30)8305-0.
UNCLASSIFIED
4. Embassy operator can be reached at (49)(30)8305-0
TIMKEN

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UNCLAS DUBLIN 001 178

E.O. 12958: N1A


TAGS: PREL. EAID, ETRD, ECON, AMGT, El
SUBJECT: NO COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF MRES FROM IRELAND

REF: SECSTATE 175147

1. Per reflel request for information on potential


international commercial vendors of vegetarian MREs, Ireland
keeps only limited stocks for its defense forces. There are
, no sufficient stocks'in Ireland to meet the potential demand
called for in reftel.

The Irish Defense Forces source MREs from the following


company:
A. lrish Procurement Services Limited
B. Penybryn Crossways, Cowbridge. Wales CS717L1 POC Hugh
Field (44-144-677-4279)

2. Post POC for this request is:


A. POLOFF Tom Rosenberger
,B. rosenbergertm@state.gov
C. Tel: 353-1-630-6275
D. Fax: 353-1-667-0056
KENNY

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AMEMBASSY OSLO IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS STOCKHOLM 001711

STATE PASS TO USAIDIOFDA

E.O. 12958: NIA I .


TAGS: PREL, EAID, ETRD, ECON. AMGT. SW
SUBJECT: SWEDEN: IMMEDIATE IDENTIFICATION OF COMMERCIAL
SOURCES OF MRES FOR POSSIBLE PURCHASE

REF: STATE 175147

I.(U) We passed 9122 refie1 request for information on


commercial vendors of vegetarian MREs in connection with
contingent planning for Hurricane Rita to contacts at the
MFA, MOD. and Swedish Rescue Services Agency, and surveyed
commercial contacts. MOD and Swedish Resue Services reported
that there was no domestic source and all Swedish military
MREs, including vegetarian, come from a Norwegian company:
UNCLASSIFIED
' DryTech AS
Evjenvn. 130. N-9024 Tomasjord, Norway
Tel: 57-7760-0300. Fax 47-7760-0301
email: post@drytech.no
Web: htt~:llwww.drvtech.nol

2. (U) We note that Sweden did not offer MREs as part of its
assistance package after Hurricane Katrina. Swedish Rescue
Services Head KjeH (pronounced "Shell) Larsson told us that
he would inquire if the Swedish Military has supplemental
vegetarian MREs it could possibly provide. Larsson said that
the GoS had already discussed possible needs following
Hurricane Rita, and offered to consider requests for
assistance. Larsson noted that Dry Tech AS also supplied
MREs to the militaries of Denmark. Norway, and Finland.
BlVlNS

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UNCLAS MADRID 003354

DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS TO USAIDIOFDNRMT (CHAN. STITT, AND


SAVOLIANE) VIA HURRICANERITA@OFDA.NET

E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: PREL. EAID. ETRD, ECON, AMGT, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN: IMMEDIATE IDENTIFICATIONOF COMMERCIAL
SOURCES OF MRES FOR POSSIBLE PURCHASE

REF: SECSTATE 175147

1. ESTHOFF passed reftel request September 22 to key


contacts in the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation
(AECI - USAID equivalent). Our contacts did not immediately
know whether vegetarian MREs were commercially available in
Spain. (NOTE: ' AECI purchases and stores MREs for disaster
relief purposes, and indeed contributed several thousand such
MREs to the Katrina relief effort. AECl's MREs, however,
contain meat products. End Note). Our contacts said they
would investigate the issue and get back to us ASAP. They
very much understand the urgency but doubt they will have the
answer until September 23.

2. Embassy Madrid POCs for future coordination on this issue


are ECONCOUNS W hitney Baird (office - 34-91-587-2288; cell -

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UNCLAS SEOUL 004257

DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS USAIDIOFDA FOR CAROL CHAN. TONY


STITT, STEPHANIE SAVOLIAONE, DEPARTMENT ALSO FOR EAPIK

E.O. 12958: NIA


TAGS: EAID, PREL. ETRD, E&N, AMGTY, KS
SUBJECT: SEOUL RESPONSE: HURRICANE RITA. POSSIBLE PURCHASE
OF MRES

REF: STATE 175147

1. The Korean Government. working through the Korean Red


Cross, did offer MRE-like food packs as part of Korea's
humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. That offer of in-kind assistance was
declined by the USG in favor of other more useful in-kind
assistance.

2. According to Yun Beon-Hak, head of the International


Affairs Division at the Korean Red Cross (KRC), those
original food packs were a special order that food service
providers were "assembling" to include a juice drink, a meat
or other protein, vegetables and rice. This special.order
was being assembled to meet U.S. food preferences, as it
differed greatly from MRE-like products normally available in
the Korean market. According to Yun, "we did not think that
convenience packs currently available to local back-packers
or the Korean military would be eaten by Americans." Yun
described such meals as consisting of ramen-like noodles or
rice augmented with a side drshes of meat and spicy preserved
cabbage (Kim Chi). Yun indicated that he would check
further, but might not be able to provide additional
information on possible MRE sources until the next business
day (September 23).

3. Embassy officers have also contacted the Ministry of


Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of National Defense,
and Walmart Korea. Each of those is working on sources for a
commercial purchase of vegetarian MRE's but indicated that
additional time will be required to provide the details
requested in reftel.

4. Working independently, we have identified the largest


source of MRE-like products in Korea which provided the
following data keyed to para 3 in reftel:

A) Name of vendor: Harvest Charm Food Ltd.. Brian C. Jo,


President
B) Address: 4th Floor, Song-am Bldg., 84 Nonhyun-dong,
Kangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-818 Korea

~n~lis-
Tel: 82-2-3445-8118
C) CosVeach Vegetarian MRE including feesltax: 6.300 Korean
Won (6 USD)
D) Ingredients: Rice, TSP, Kimchi, and other vegetable - not
UNCLASSIFIED
-- yet FDA inspected
E) Est. Delivery Time: DHL or other delive~yservice is
available from Korea
F) Weight: 8809 per package - other details unavailable

5. Another Korean source is Bulromall. which markets a


vegetarian meal for 3,400 Korean Won (just over 3 USD).
Additional information may be obtained via email at
rnibab3636@hanmail.net. Bulromall's contact phonelfax number
is 82-2-568-9780, but this fiirn indicated that they would
need additional time to provide details requested in reftel.
MINTON

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O'Herron, Petra c mIb8
From: CMS TaskForcel D-DepCoordinator
Sent: Thursday, September 08,2005 4:27 AM RELEASED INPART
To:
Cc :
Wood, Robert A
TaskForce-1
B6
Subject: MI: Guidance on MRE's

Robert:

I I
Thanks.

Ben

----Original Message--
From: CMS TaskForcelL
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 10:41 PM
To: PA PRS Group
Cc Urban, Jofllen; Singer, Marsha L; Heinemam, Thomas 8; CMS TaskFwcelLoggerA; TaJrForcel
Subject: Guidance on MRE's

Attention: Press Officers

This guidance still needs to be worked out with the USDA. It is understood that the USDA has segregated all MRE's from
foreign countries. I talked with the EB Duty Officer tonight and it was understood not to finalize anything until the USDA has
weighed in on this.

GUIDANCE ON MRE'S FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES 4. .._I.


. .

Q: Has the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance allowed foreign food products
to enter into the country?

A: We are grateful for all foreign donations. Of course. imported food is subject to the usual USDA regulations which are
being applied. If you have additional questions, we refer you to the USDA for information.

EB Duty Officer - Jo Ellen Urban


L Duly Officer - Tom Heinemann ok

Mary Thomas

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE 1


REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK TUMMINIA
DATEICASE ID: 26 SEP 2006 200503991 UNCLASSIFIED