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The Dangers of Flying: Airline Food

If you weren’t already disgusted enough by the food that’s still served by some major airlines, here’s another reason:  Roaches!  Yes, that’s right your friendly neighborhood cockroach.

From an article that recently appeared on Big Money:

LSG Sky Chefs is the biggest provider of airline food. In its Denver facility six months ago, FDA inspectors found dead roaches in numbers that they said were “too numerous to count,” as well as lots of other bugs, garbage, employees touching food with their bare hands and, perhaps worst of all, Listeria, a nasty bacteria that can kill people.

Roaches, garbage, Listeria (monocytogenes), and did you say people were touching food with their bare hands, lol?  Personally, I think that’s the least concerning egregious item on the list.

What Do Roaches Taste Like?

What’s the first question that came to your mind after reading this?  For me, it was “what do roaches taste like?”  Now, I’m not planning on sampling a platter of roaches any time soon, but unfortunately, I have had my fair share of airline food.  Oh, the other question you may be wondering is why a guy in tuxedo is eating a cockroach?  I don’t have an answer for that one.

[box type=”note”]From what I could find with a random Google searches, I found a variety of responses from “apples” to “nuts.”[/box]

Health Risks of Listeria Monocytogenes

Oh, if you were wondering about the health risks of Listeria monocytogenes, this includes a plethora of unpleasantness from the disease Listeriosis:

  • fever, muscle aches, vomiting
  • sever headache
  • diarrhea
  • meningitis (less common)

[box type=”note”]Fortunately, the original article notes that several airlines have faced cutbacks, so they no longer include standard meals with most flights. As well, some of the airlines sell prepackaged food that’s made in a different facility.[/box]

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  1. Clint - Crude Fitness

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I’m sure it’s just as risky as whatever can be found warming itself in your local takeaways bain-marie.

    Also —Your probably more likely to contract something from your own kitchen’s dirty bench top.

    Scare mongering at its finest.

  2. DouglasRobb

    July 17, 2010 at 11:33 am

    mmmmmmmmmmmm tastes like chicken

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