Listeria scare shuts down Brisbane Airport-based Alpha Flight Catering

Maybe I should start bringing my own food, like Hannibal Lector, when flying out of Brisbane.

Brisbane City Council and Queensland Health officers closed the airport-based Alpha Flight Catering on Thursday after the company’s own quality assurance processes picked up traces of listeria on equipment.

At least they found the contamination, acted on it, and made it publicly known.

Alpha Flight Catering provides food to both Virgin and Emirates airlines.

I got to fly business class on Emirates earlier this year, which happens about once every 10 years. Sprouts on the shrimp. They need some food safety people.

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