Generally, soldiers can consume food and water from airtight containers
after personnel decontaminate the containers. Discard unprotected food and
water except in extreme emergencies.
Decontaminate unprotected food and
water only when there is no practical alternative.
equipment or food service personnel have been exposed to NBC agents, ensure
that they are decontaminated with the M258-series decontamination kit and
hot, soapy water before they prepare food.
Methods of decontaminating subsistence are described in the following
Figure 1-24 summarizes methods of decontaminating food,
personnel, and materiel.
radiation and fallout. Food is contaminated by induced radiation only if it
is very close to a nuclear blast.
Fallout may contaminate food that is
miles away from the blast site.