KLM does not yet know for sure whether or not meat contaminated with listeria has been served on its flights. On Friday, the company warned its Business Class passengers that this might be the case.
“We have been informed by one of our suppliers of meat products that their production location might have been infected with listeria. Therefore, it might be possible that infected meat products have been served as breakfast in our Business Class,” KLM warned.
After the company was informed about this safety risk, the possibly contaminated meat was removed immediately. Business Class passengers who flew with KLM in the last weekend or this week are therefore not at risk.
The Dutch meat supplier is likely to be Offerman, a subsidiary of Belgian meat processor Ter Beke. Pre-packaged meat from this supplier has been removed from Dutch and Belgian supermarkets this week and last week.
Hereunder the KLM news release:
Important: safety message listeria infection
Consuming tainted meat can be dangerous for your health. Although the chance of a listeria infection is small, the bacteria can be dangerous to pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with a weakened immune system.
We urgently ask you to consult your general practitioner in case you have any questions about your health or a potential infection.
We apologise for the fact you might have been confronted with this and we hereby confirm that we’ve immediately stopped supplying our aircraft with these meat products. All currently served meals on board are completely safe to consume. At KLM, safety comes first.
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