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The Vile-High club: FDA finds airlines’ caterers preparing in-flight meals among rodents & flies

Excerpt from ABC News

Nov 18, 2012 6:32 am

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The FDA finds minor problems at the majority of inspected establishments, but what’s worrying is the FDA’s admittance that the problem occurs at much higher rate compared to other industries.

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A Japan Airways in-flight meal from Honolulu to Kansai. Bert Kimura / Flickr.com


You’re accustomed to airline food that’s bland, tepid or otherwise unappetizing. You’re probably not accustomed to hearing that it was prepared or stored in areas crawling with mice, ants and roaches.

But that’s what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saw when it inspected airlines and their outside caterers.

Over almost four years, the industry counted more than 1,500 health violations. “Significant” problems were found at a much higher rate than in other industries the FDA inspects, the agency said.

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