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Safety of airport food questionable

Is that salad safe?
Is that salad safe?
Photo courtest of Diego Carranza |

While traveling this holiday season, you may want to pack your lunch.

A recent article published in USA Today, states that a review of nearly 800 restaurants in 10 airports revealed hundreds of food safety violations within 2009 by local health departments, some of which are very serious.

Common demerits include bad hygiene practices, unsanitary conditions, cross-contamination, unsafe refrigeration temperatures, foods stored beyond expiration date and vermin – including rat droppings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die because of foodborne illnesses annually. Many cases of foodborne illness go unreported, as people do not realize their illness may be directly related to food they have eaten. Foodborne illness generally results in gastrointestinal tract symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

Traveler’s helpful links:

To view restaurant inspection reports for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport visit the Tarrant County Food Inspection Scores Database and enter the airport zip code 75261.  Visit other local health department websites for restaurant inspections for that area.

If you feel you might be experiencing a foodborne illness, report the illness to your state health department.

For more credible travel’s health information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Travelers’ Health information page.

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  • sharig 5 years ago

    Good grief, now that's the one place I was surprised to hear was having food problems, the airports.These stats are really scary. I guess I thought the turnover was to great, but rat droppings? Wow, whats next grandma's kitchen?