Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 18, 2017
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Bring your luggage — and lunch

Our advice: bring a homemade meal with you on the airplane. Why? Besides saving $7 for an air-packed sandwich, you won’t be stuck wondering if your food was made in one of the four out of 10 Canadian-based flight kitchens that committed “critical violations” between April 2009 and March 2010. According to Health Canada, that’s a “noted increase” compared to last year. Among the violations: best-before dates not being properly marked, raw and cooked food being stored together, and improper disinfecting of washing equipment. There were no sightings of insects or rodents; a recent USA Today article reported that there were in US-based flight kitchens. What’s worse is that these inspections were announced. Yikes. Despite an increase in the most serious violations, however, the average inspection rating was 96.6 out of 100.

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