2 air­lines drop food ser­vice from LAX caterer

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LOS AN­GE­LES » Delta Air Lines and Vir­gin Aus­tralia have stopped serv­ing hot meals from Gate Gourmet at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter lis­te­ria was found in the caterer’s lo­cal kitchen.

Vir­gin Aus­tralia is giv­ing pas­sen­gers vouch­ers for food be­fore their LAX f lights.

Delta says it found an­other caterer to pro­vide hot food but still gets cheese and fruit plates and wraps that are pre­pared in an­other part of the Gate Gourmet fa­cil­ity. Delta spokes­woman Cather­ine Sirna said Tues­day the air­line tem­po­rar­ily changed cater­ers so Gate Gourmet can be more ag­gres­sive in im­prov­ing food safety.

Amer­i­can Air­lines sus­pended ser­vice from Gate Gourmet at LAX two weeks ago.

Gate Gourmet spokes­woman Cather­ine Nu­gent says the lis­te­ria was not found on food-con­tact sur­faces. She says the com­pany launched a clean­ing pro­gram and the LAX kitchen meets all lo­cal and fed­eral food­safety reg­u­la­tions.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment says about 1,600 peo­ple get sick from lis­te­ria each year. The bac­te­ria can cause dan­ger­ous com­pli­ca­tions for preg­nant women, in­clud­ing mis­car­riages and still­births.

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