contrails67 From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 9120 times:
Just wondering what happens to the leftover airline food? I know restaurants have to throw the food out for sanitary reasons..is that the same case for unused..unopened airline meals as well? Its a pity it can't be given to some food bank or homeless people.
iairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 9113 times:
Some non-perishibles do occasionally get donated but for the most part it is all tossed. Considering most meals these days are served on international flights that food has to be tossed and burned on landing.
workwings From United States of America, joined May 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 9066 times:
Regarding the recycling of unused food: This is a true story. I worked in Delhi for several years in the late 1980s. Back then, it was not possible to buy anything in India that was not manufactured domestically. This included all sorts of foods: vinegar, peanut butter, and any foreign cheese.
Word went around our office that there was someone making the rounds who could get you cheese. The "cheese man" was selling individually wrapped small cheeses -- gouda, camembert, cheddar...-- for a pittance. We would buy them as this was a taste of home. To this day we are convinced that these had been rescued from the unused lots from AF, KL, LH, etc.
boeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1006 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8325 times:
Quoting KELPkid (Reply 8): In the US, food left over from international flights has to be incinerated (along with the trash...).
It supposed to here but the mechanic recycle it before cartering gets to the airplane. Only good food you can get off a flight is an international flight. The junk they serve on the airplanes now is horrible. It is enough to make a someone not raid the galley anymore.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8299 times:
When I worked with the RAF, they would put the left over meals from the Falkland flights in the squadron day room. If I could get there early enough I could maybe score some "steak and kidney pie" or "bangers and mash". Nothing ever went to waste and surly nothing was ever thrown away.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9 Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8253 times:
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 12): This is for the safety of said employee. FDA regulations plays a big role here....
How would the FDA be involved with airline food that was not consumed during a flight?
Local health departments or the airline on its own could establish rules that would prevent uneaten meals from being sold as new, being recycled (put on another flight) or eaten my an airline employee but the FDA would not be involved.
Every L-1011 built had a "certificate of sanitary construction" for the galleys. That certificate was issued not by the Food and Drug Administration but by the Los Angles County Health Department.
It has something to do with the food being left out for a period of time in a warm environment. We are not the only airline that has to follow this rule. Other airlines/vendors have to follow this rule as well.
Do some research on how food is to be stored and what temps they have to be where you can go get your food handlers permit at your local Health and Safety Department. It is a FDA regulation. I don't make the rules, neither does my airline. The FDA does as well as the USDA.
Quoting 474218 (Reply 13): How would the FDA be involved with airline food that was not consumed during a flight?
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9 Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 8148 times:
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 15): Do some research on how food is to be stored and what temps they have to be where you can go get your food handlers permit at your local Health and Safety Department. It is a FDA regulation. I don't make the rules, neither does my airline. The FDA does as well as the USDA.
Your correct the FDA makes the rules (regulations). However, they "do not" enforce the rules.
Hopefully someone familiar with the FDA or equivalent regulatory bodies from other countries will reply, but I think the reasoning is along the lines of 'foreign countries do not necessarily apply the same food standards as we do, so it would be wrong to allow that food to be distributed.' And I would assume the only real way to control that food is to make sure it is all disposed of after the flight.
When I say "the same standards" keep in mind that health/quality-of-food concerns might not be the main motivation behind this practice. I'm willing to bet there are more complicated reasons relating to the ability to keep track of where the ingredients were sourced from, the difficulties in preventing food from being 'sold' by third parties if it were to be given away after the flight; etc.
babybus From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3626 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7346 times:
Quoting charliecossie (Reply 5): All airlines willingly donate all leftover food to their starving engineering staff.
When I was a ramper I'd always have a queue on the airstairs of hungry engineering staff, bus drivers and various other ancilliary staff waiting for me to open the door of an overnight flight with spare unused hot breakfasts.
Naturally I had to inspect the ovens first and take away samples or at least, as many I could squeeze into a bag.
If it's good food, none of it is wasted.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13602 posts, RR: 63 Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7384 times:
the airlines could care less if some tech gets an iffy stomach after eating a leftover meal, but the main issue is that a lot of people thought that they had a right to take food from an airplane. At a cargo company I worked for, the ramp agents and us engineers were tolerated to help ourselves to leftover food and drinks after a flight, but soon every manb and his dog (even those not working for this airline, like cargo loaders and fuelers) thought that they could just walk up to the flight deck and help themselves.
Another thing was that at the airlines I worked for in the past there were some "never do" rules involved:
1) Never take food from a freshly catered aircraft, only old food from incoming aircraft.
2) Never take any food or drinks out of the airport. Only take what you can consume on the airport
3) (on passenger aircraft)Never touch the customs goods boxes containing alcoholic drinks duty free goods. An occasional pack of coffee for the crewroom was tolerated, but never alcohol. You were not allowed to drink any at the airport anyway, so why take it? Taking such stuff from the airport would make it automatically contraband and the whole thing a customs offense.
But obviously there were plenty of idiots who did not obey these rules ( I knew one mechanic, who too binliners full of softdrink cans home for his family until he got caught) or guys who got caught with bottles of alcoholic drinks or cigarettes and were promply arrested for smuggling. Or other indiots, who walked up on an aircraft ready for departure and raided the galley, so that there wasn´t enough food left for the passengers.
These guys spoiled it for everybody else, since the airline now had to crack down on the issue and made it illegal for everybody to get food and drinks from an aircraft.