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Gate Gourmet In HNL In Trouble With FDA  
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1428 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

According to this CNN.com article, the FDA has warned the Gate Gourmet facilities in HNL may be closed due to 'excessive filth' Including 'oozing, pink slime'.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/05/17/health.airlines.reut/index.html

I dunno- does oozing pink slime sound better than nothing?


Kittens Give Morbo Gas
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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

Yuck! Fortunately I haven't flown out of HNL in almost five years. Hopefully there's nothing wrong with catering at OGG. Took a flight out of there a few months ago.

User currently offlineLorM From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

They sure they weren't mistaking the pink oozing slime with POI?  rotfl 


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

And yet we still somplain about not being fed onboard..... After this I'll pack my own thank you very much!


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13202 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Apparently, Gate Gourmet at HON failed a FDA health inspection. They have a provisional license for 30 days, have to face a reinspection and if they fail, they lose their license. Apparently there were open trash cans near food areas, dirty refrigerators including mold on a door, cockroaches on the floors, staff handling ice with bare hands, and other food handling no-no's. Isn't that apptizing...mmmmmm One question is if it is bad in HON, what about their other locations, or that of other companies...Guess better brown bag it out of HON for a while.

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

How many airlines use GateGourmet at HNL? I know that CO has their own Chelsea catering kitchen there for their flights; do they cater anyone else as well?

User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 5):
How many airlines use GateGourmet at HNL?

I was wondering the same thing- the article wouldn't say... At any rate, this is a possible silver lining for those of us who are unlucky enough to not have HNL in our travel future, right?



Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

Quoting CV990A (Thread starter):
According to this CNN.com article, the FDA has warned the Gate Gourmet facilities in HNL may be closed due to 'excessive filth' Including 'oozing, pink slime'.

Heh, if they think oozing pink slime is bad, just wait until they see what actually gets put ON the airplane Big grin  duck 


User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

That's pretty disgusting.

Out of curiosity does anyone know how Gate Gourmet's sanitary/food safety performance compares with that of competitors such as LSG SkyChefs?

Also what airlines use GateGourmet out of HNL? I'll make a mental note not to fly them(!)

-WGW2707


User currently offlineB767400ER From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 5):
How many airlines use GateGourmet at HNL? I know that CO has their own Chelsea catering kitchen there for their flights; do they cater anyone else as well?

I believe Hawaiian uses them. I think UA also uses them out of here. AA uses LSG (last I looked) and that was a top notch facility! (I got a tour of LSG about 4 years ago as a Hospitality student at the Univ. of Hawaii)

Sucks to hear that GateGourmet is in trouble. Hawaiian has actually stepped up the food options. Time to start eating before the flight.



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User currently offlineCVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 635 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

no need to worry, from what i hear at work gate gourmet will probably be closing all doors within the next year anyway. well at least that is what the company is trying to scare everyone into thinking
tchau
DA



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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

If GateGourmet is threatening to close, what's going to be left? LSG and Chelsea? I can see some major expansion in the future for CO's Chelsea if that were to ever occur.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

Quoting WGW2707 (Reply 8):
Out of curiosity does anyone know how Gate Gourmet's sanitary/food safety performance compares with that of competitors such as LSG SkyChefs?

When I was a Catering Security Agent at HP, I worked in the Sky Chefs Facility in PHX. Unfortunately, Sky Chefs employees dont really follow food handling procedures some of the time. When I was there, Ive witnessed food cart handlers actually put ice in buckets with their bare hands, seen employees not wear hair nets, and stuff like that. There are are 18-26 year olds working at the LSG Sky Chefs facility in PHX right now. Makes me wonder how they got their food handlers permit....



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User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3673 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3041 times:
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Gate Gourmet is located right next to UA's GSE shop and the GSE shop likes to run an a/c truck that spews out black soot every week.

These are the ones I know for sure and the ones I'm not exactly sure of in parenthesis:

GateGourmet: HA, AQ, NW, UA (DL)

LSG: AA, NH, QF, CI (Air Pacific)

Chelsea: CO, TZ (NA, Omni)

IICC: JL/JO, PR, KE

I'm not sure of who does Ryan Intl-Skyservice, AC, or Harmony since I don't see those flights.


User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Great! ... AQ and HA are the two airlines I fly the most. I didn't see anything strange on the last two flights out of HNL.


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User currently offlinePualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

I'm working HNL-PDX tomorrow and I am bringing my own lunch......slime and cockaroaches !!! YUCK !!!!


pualani


User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3673 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
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A lawsuit has been filed against Gate Gourmet by a pax who became sick after eating contaminated carrots on a flight out of HNL.

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/May/19/br/br06p.html


User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2058 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

As a caterer who puts meals on the planes all I can say is "YUCK" is an understatement.

What were they thinking????



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13202 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Now the rest of the story - In an article on CNN (today, May 20) a significant number of people were recently sickened by 'food poisioning' on flights catered by Gate Gourmet, tarced mainly to contaminated carrots. Apparently that is what triggered the FDA inspections. While nobody died, some of those whom became ill had to be hospitalized! There are lawsuits being started already (and for justifiable reasons).

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