Airline suspends flight catering service

Source: MGN Online

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - American Airlines has suspended use of a caterer at Los Angeles International Airport after listeria was found in the caterer's facility.

The catering company, Gate Gourmet, says it serves other airlines at the airport but won't identify them. No other airlines have announced that they are stopping service from the Gate Gourmet facility.

Listeria bacteria can cause fever and diarrhea and more dangerous complications in pregnant women.

A Gate Gourmet spokeswoman said Thursday that listeria was found in floor drains but not on food-preparation surfaces. She says the kitchen was treated and remains open and continues to serve other airlines.

A spokesman for Fort Worth-based American says the airline hasn't received any reports of passengers becoming ill from food from the Gate Gourmet facility.

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