Germans return to pest-free food club
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — German soldiers are taking their meals at the Sembach Combined Club again, three months after they stopped eating there because 44 soldiers became ill.
For more than 18 months, the club has been serving three meals a day to the 200 German troops who augment U.S. troops, providing security at Sembach and a munitions facility in Hochspeyer.
But under German regulations, the soldiers were prohibited from eating at the club until the cause of the June illnesses were determined.
German and American public health authorities did a series of tests after the soldiers complained of diarrhea after eating lunch and dinner at the club in June. But authorities could not find any food-borne illnesses, according to a news release issued Thursday.
However, public health officials agreed that the club had problems with sanitation because of the presence of cockroaches and water leaks in the building, the release said.
Officials sprayed the building for pests and fixed leaks and other structural problems before the club reopened to the German troops.