|DELTA INCREASES MEAL-PREP SECURITY FOLLOWING NEEDLE DISCOVERIES|
|The discovery of five needles in sandwiches on Delta flights leads to increased food preparation security |
| Zachary-Cy Vanasse|
Delta Air Lines is taking new steps in order to ensure that the food served on its flights are safe. This is following the discovery of five needles in turkey sandwiches served to passengers on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the U.S. on Sunday.|
"Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities who are investigating the incident. Delta has taken immediate action with our in-flight caterer in Amsterdam to ensure the safety and quality of the food we provide onboard our aircraft,” Delta Air Lines said in a statement.
Reuters reports that the sandwiches were supplied by Gate Gourmet, Delta’s caterer out of Amsterdam. The sandwiches have been replaced with prepackaged pizza on flights from Amsterdam.
“We take this matter very seriously, and we have launched our own full-scale investigation,” Gate Gourmet said in an issued statement.
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Minneapolis-bound passenger, James Tonges, said that at first he thought he had bitten into a toothpick, but soon discovered he had been stuck in the top of his mouth by what appeared to be a one-inch sewing needle.
Tonges told ABC News that he is now taking Truvada, a drug recently approved for the prevention of HIV by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, while he awaits testing on the needle to find out if it was infected.
The Dutch Food Authority has said it is also investigating the incidents.
There is no indication the incident is linked to terrorism, according to Dutch authorities.
The FBI’s Atlanta Office has opened a criminal investigation into the matter, according to the Associated Press.