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US flight feeds needles to travellers

An airlines company said it was looking into complaints of what seemed like sewing needles, found in the food served on board four US-bound flights that left Sunday from Amsterdam, injuring one passenger. The company said it was working with the federal authorities on the case.

The needles were found in sandwiches made by the Delta Air Lines’ Amsterdam caterer, Gate Gourmet, spokeswoman Chris Kelly said in an email on Monday. The FBI and Netherlands officials are investigating, Delta said. ‘Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities who are investigating the incident,’ the airline said in a statement.

‘Delta has taken immediate action with our in-flight caterer at Amsterdam to ensure the safety and quality of the food we provide onboard our aircraft,’ the statement said. One person on a flight to Minneapolis was injured but declined medical treatment. A suspected sewing needle was also found in a sandwich by a passenger on an Atlanta-bound flight. A US air marshal found another while flying on another Atlanta-bound flight. Another apparent needle was found aboard a Seattle-bound flight in a sandwich that had not been served.

Gate Gourmet is a subsidiary of Swiss-based Gategroup Holding AG, one of the largest independent global providers of airline passenger products and services. Christina Ulosevich, a Gategroup spokeswoman, said the caterer was cooperating fully with investigators. She declined to comment further, saying ‘details must remain confidential.’
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