Army serves recruits raw chicken

Barracks Chur

The recruits of the Chur barracks are said to be hungry and run the risk of getting Salmonella poisoning, a recruit complains. The army now wants to introduce measures to prevent this from happening.

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Too small portions and the danger of salmonella in the Chur barracks: On Friday a recruit received this piece of chicken meat.

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He says the recruits have been hungry for five weeks.

He says the recruits have been hungry for five weeks.


“Because we are always hungry, many of us are bitchy or aggressive,” says a 20-minute recruit who wants to remain anonymous because he fears the consequences.


  • The recruits in the Chur barracks have been given too little food for five weeks.
  • A lot of dishes are also not properly cooked, according to a recruit.
  • The army promises improvement.

Portions too small and danger of salmonella: Since the RS began five weeks ago, the recruits of the Chur barracks have been suffering. “Because we are always hungry, many of us are bitchy or aggressive,” says a 20-minute recruit who wants to remain anonymous because he fears the consequences. “The portions correspond to a normal plate size. Only: We toil all day. You just need more food to achieve the required performance isto bring. » The recruits could hardly replenish.

On Wednesday, for example, before a 15-kilometer march, they were given three rolls that were twelve centimeters long, three centimeters wide and filled with minced meat. “The mood was accordingly bad.” The morning meal also consisted of two slices of bread. Another day they would have received a hot dog at noon.

Mother is worried

The army kitchen reached its low point last Friday: “Chicken was served to us as a August 1st feast. We were extremely happy until we saw the meat from the inside. It was still raw. » The recruit showed his mother a picture of it. For them it is clear: «In the barracks Chur there are unsustainable conditions in the kitchen. After seeing the raw chicken, I’m concerned about the health of my son and his colleagues. » The raw meat could infect recruits with Salmonella.

Army spokesman Daniel Reist confirms that the chicken in the picture does not meet the regulations. “The formation of bacteria is to be feared and complaints in the gastrointestinal area. Here the kitchen staff have to be retrained. » The recruits could return the chicken at any time so that it could top up the kitchen equipmenttin.

Recruits receive food packs

That the members of the Chur barracks are too little overall However, the school commander responsible for the barracks could not imagine getting food, said Reist. It can happen that not everyone can follow up on popular menus such as hamburgers or pizza. » In addition, as a result of the corona requirements, every army member is given a plate ready for use by the kitchen. But: “If the army member is still hungry for this plate, he can follow up again.”

The recruit concerned contradicts: Replenishment is hardly possible because there is usually nothing left after the first serving. In consultation with his family, he now receives plugs from Hlike many of his colleagues. «My son is getting two nowmI have one gourmet parcel with salametti and cheese a week, »says the mother.

Army will conduct unannounced controls

According to Reist, “a complete and balanced diet in the army is also possible without food”. However, it is known that there can be problems with inventory reports, especially at the beginning of the RS, says Reist: «The cadres report the wrong location for a train or a company – the food is waiting in the wrong place. Then there is an abundance there, too little elsewhere. The cadres are continuously sensitized and trained. »

The Chur barracks also wants to improve: «The school commander will discuss catering with the management staff, look for potential for optimization and carry out more checks in this area. He will also instruct the line managers to look at this topic with the kitchen staff and to carry out more checks. » Unannounced controls will also be carried out in the next few weeks. Reist: “This is how we want to rule out such accusations in future and ensure that the members of the army are fed properly.”

Salmonella are small, rod-shaped bacteria. Ingested in a certain amount, they can cause gastrointestinal infections (salmonellosis). The most common cause is the consumption of food containing pathogens such as raw meat or insufficiently heated eggs. According to a study, salmonella can also reproduce disproportionately quickly in sliced, packaged lettuce.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection are sudden diarrhea with discomfort, feeling cold, head and stomach pain, sometimes too Vomit and light fever. These symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after the first contact with the pathogen. They usually last from a few hours to a few days.

How to avoid contagion with Salmonella:

  • When buying animal products such as chicken, eggs, etc., pay attention to a complete cold chain.
  • Thaw frozen meat in a bowl and then pour the meat juice away.
  • Note the expiry date for animal products.
  • Heat the chicken, eggs and egg products sufficiently. Salmonella can only be killed from a temperature of 70 ° C and a cooking time of at least ten minutes.
  • Wash your hands after each use of the toilet.
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