Friday, July 02, 2010

Airline food: Not only poor but downright dangerous

It's almost an oxymoron that airlines serve food, real edible food, on board. Airline food has been the butt of jokes for many years now. But, as a report by the US FDA finds, the food may even be dangerous to eat.

TravelMole reports in "Airline Food: It just got worse":

"Even in the earlier good times, airline food was often suspect and invariably bad. But in recent days, the food you get in the air may have been visited by cockroaches, both living and dead, among other undesirable conditions.

Inspectors for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered live roaches, dead roach carcasses "too numerous to count," ants, flies, debris, and bacteria. They also found employees preparing food with their bare hands in numerous catering facilities responsible for preparing a huge chunk of the country's airline meals, USA TODAY reported.

The stomach-turning inspections were conducted over the last two years at the US facilities of two of the world's biggest airline caterers, LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet, and another large caterer, Flying Food Group, according to reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act."

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