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March 29, 2023
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
While the quality of airline food has become somewhat of a running joke, there might be some truth to this assumption. Like restaurants and grocery stores, airline food could be contaminated with germs that cause foodborne illnesses. Knowing what to do when you suffer from food poisoning on a plane could help you recover both physically and financially.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration inspects restaurants far more frequently than airlines. This lack of oversight could actually make foodborne illness more likely on an airplane. It’s up to the crew to ensure food is stored correctly to prevent it from spoiling.
Unexpected delays, equipment failures, and other mishaps could cause food to go hours before it reaches a passenger’s tray table. For this reason, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that crews ensure that:
How you handle food poisoning on a plane is similar to how you would at a restaurant. However, there are some slight differences. Follow these steps if you suspect you’re suffering from food poisoning on a plane:
There could be multiple parties at fault for your food poisoning incident, given the steps that airline food goes through before it’s served to passengers. Your lawyer will investigate your case to determine the source of your food’s contamination. You might find that the airline’s caterer mishandled the food during the manufacturing or transportation process.
However, food was likely contaminated once it arrived at the airport. The flight crew might have improperly stored foods at the wrong temperatures, or the plane wasn’t sanitized adequately from the previous flight. In either case, your attorney will gather the evidence needed to prove negligence.
Whether you’re flying 30,000 feet in the air or enjoying dinner at a local restaurant, your food always has the potential to be contaminated with germs that cause foodborne illness. If you get sick from contaminated food, OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers are here to help you recover.