American Airlines Has Stopped Selling Food Due to a Listeria Outbreak

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November 13, 2017

American Airlines has reportedly stopped serving food on some flights out of Los Angeles due to traces of listeria that were discovered in its catering company’s kitchen. According to Business Insider, the listeria was discovered several weeks ago at a Gate Gourmet catering facility where the airline’s in-flight meals are prepared.

The company told Business Insider that traces of the bacteria were “found on surfaces that do not come into contact with food including drains and floor surfaces.” On the flip side, Gate Gourmet claims to have “aggressively treated” the affected areas, according to a statement given to Fox News.

“Independent food safety agencies have confirmed that our unit adheres to food safety regulations and we are not aware of any instance where passengers are put at risk,” the statement reads. “We reaffirm our commitment to food safety and the safety of the traveling public. Our unit is open for business and we continue to cater our other customers.”

At the moment, no illnesses have been reported, despite the fact that there are several other airlines at LAX that use Gate Gourmet. American Airlines uses Gate Gourmet at airports in other locations, though Los Angeles is the only place that the listeria was detected. The airline expects for the issue to be resolved within a week.

We’ve reached out to American Airlines and Gate Gourmet for comment and will update this story as we know more.

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