Airline food putting 'thousands at risk'
by Staff Writers
June 29, 2010 8:21AM
Tens of thousands could be at risk, says the report
FOOD companies that supply in-flight meals to most major US airlines could cause serious illness for "tens of thousands of passengers" every day due to unsafe and unclean practices.
Airline food: The good, bad and ugly
From cockroaches and rats near the food to workers with poor hygiene, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report obtained by USA Today lists several infractions made by the three companies that provide food to Delta, American, United, US Airways and Continental, among others.
The unsanitary environments at LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet and Flying Food Group, could cause food-poisoning outbreaks and pose a major threat to public health.
"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," said Roy Costa, a consultant and public health sanitarian, to the newspaper.
Airlines insisted they have quality control standards in place, while the food companies vehemently denied any unsafe practices. A rep from Gate Gourmet said the findings of the report would be taken "very seriously."