The full report is like a cornucopia of gross, from live insects to dead roaches to the thin sheet of bacteria that covers most of the kitchen. We really can't do much better than the dripping horror of the Associated Press writeup, where Airlines Writer David Koenig simply couldn't contain his nausea. It's rare that you get an article where the phrases "40 live insects," "roaches 'too numerous to count,'" and "walls that could house insects or vermin" are all included. And yet here it is:
Inspectors who examined the Denver facility found live and dead roaches 'too numerous to count' in several areas of the kitchen, including at least 40 live insects in the silverware station... inspectors saw employees touching food with bare hands... [and] problems with the building, including water dripping from the ceiling into utensil-cleaning areas and holes in walls that could house insects or vermin... When chemical treatments failed to kill listeria found in a kitchen floor drain, the company replaced the pipes and drain, she said. Listeria is a bacteria linked to food-borne illness.
That little bit about listeria becomes a lot more significant when you check out the full FDA report. Apparently they took swabs across the kitchen and no less than three samples turned out positive for the bacteria. Threeit turns outis a lot more than zero, which is the amount of listeria you want in your kitchen. The report is also entertaining in other ways. There's an entire section detailing where the FDA found live and dead roaches, the effect of which will make you want to never travel to, from, or through Denver.
Except odds are you've already flown through DEN, which means you've probably eaten food from that kitchen. Happy Wednesday!
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