Discard food that is unprotected or poorly protected and that has been exposed to
chemical agents unless no other food is available. Foods with a low water content and a
high fat content, such as butter, lard, ham, cheese, bacon, fatty meat, and fish, absorb so
much mustard and nerve agents that decontamination is impossible. Discard these items.
Destroy food exposed to liquid agents (nerve and mustard) or arsenicals. In an
emergency, you may decontaminate other food that has been exposed to chemical agents
as described in table 8-2 above. Do not try to decontaminate water that has been exposed
to chemical agents. Seek help from your supporting water supply point.
9. Summary. In this lesson you learned how to identify procedures for protecting
subsistence from NBC attacks; decontaminating contaminated subsistence; and disposing
of contaminated subsistence.