Published on: October 17, 2007The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that a number of American food manufacturers – including Perdue Farms, Sara Lee and ConAgra – “are under scrutiny in a federal probe of possible fraud and corruption in the military's food-supply operations for the Iraq war.” The investigation is looking into deals made by these companies to provide products to the military.
According to the Journal story, “The inquiry is focused on whether the food companies set excessively high prices when they sold their goods to the Army's primary food contractor for the war zone, a Kuwaiti firm called Public Warehousing Co. A related question is whether Public Warehousing improperly pocketed for itself refunds it received from these suppliers. Public Warehousing bought vast amounts of meat, vegetables and bakery items from the food companies, and delivered them to U.S. troops.”
The probe is also looking into the role that Army officials played in selecting these manufacturers.
- KC's View:
- If these allegations are true, I’m trying to think of what the penalty should be for companies found guilty. Because a simple fine wouldn’t seem to be appropriate, or enough.
I’m thinking that maybe some of these executives should be forced to live in Iraq for a month or so and serve food to the soldiers based there. Let them live through the same horror that these soldiers live with every day.