Airline Food Possible Health Threat

Are you prone to airsickness? Well, this news won’t help your traveling woes any: According to recently released government documents, meals served on many major airlines are made in unsanitary and unsafe conditions that could lead to illness.

Over the last two years, inspectors with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have cited various catering facilities that prepare airline food for suspected health and sanitation violations.

The FDA inspections were held at U.S. facilities for LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Food Group, all large airline caterers. The three companies operate a total of 91 kitchens which produce more than 100 million meals every year for U.S. and foreign airlines at U.S. airports.

“In spite of best efforts by the FDA and industry, the situation with in-flight catered foods is disturbing, getting worse and now poses a real risk of illness and injury to tens of thousands of airline passengers on a daily basis,” says Roy Costa, a consultant and public health sanitarian.

Part of the issue, according to the FDA, is improper temperature for food storage. And this is where it gets a little more disturbing… there are problems with unclean equipment and workers who practice poor hygiene.

According to Costa, the conditions create the possibility of food poisoning outbreaks.


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