New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy
The ice-creams sold in Egypt were known to be unsafe, and even Groppi's ices manufactured under clean conditions had been found to be contaminated shortly before the arrival of the troops. The provision of ices by the force itself had been discussed by General Freyberg in New Zealand and eventually an ice-cream factory, financed by the Patriotic Fund, was set up in Maadi Camp. Full precautions were taken as regards cleanliness and the Egyptian staff was rigidly controlled. The hospital patients were given first preference in supply, but the troops were able to obtain their share in the camp and in the New Zealand Forces Club.