contanimated food served on Virgin Blue flights
August 05, 2009
Article from: Australian Associated Press
VIRGIN Blue says it is working with Queensland Health
in relation to fears passengers may have been exposed to potentially deadly
bacteria in chicken wraps.
The investigation is confined to a supply of chicken
wraps the airline received from a manufacturer between May and June 2009,
which may have contained a bacteria known as Listeria.
A Virgin Blue spokeswoman said it is believed that other southeast Queensland
companies were also provided with the chicken wraps from the manufacturer.
She said the affected chicken wraps were supplied to customers on flights
along the east coast of Australia, to New Zealand and Bali.
"It appears the likely source of the contamination was an ingredient
supplied to the manufacturers of the wraps and not Virgin Blue or other
companies who received the affected products," she said.
Virgin Blue removed the product from service at the end of June.
As a precautionary measure, the airline is helping Queensland Health
remind people of the risks associated with Listeria, including a 70-day
incubation period during which someone who eats the contaminated food may
"While, it is uncommon and causes few symptoms, if any, in healthy
people, Listeria can be potentially harmful to pregnant women and people with
suppressed immunity," she said.
According to the Victorian Government website, Listeria has a fatality rate
as high as 30 per cent amongst at-risk people, which include the elderly,
pregnant women, babies and those with weakened immune systems.
The company says the investigation is ongoing.