Delta Air Lines and the FBI are investigating after needles were found in turkey sandwiches on four Delta flights that left from Amsterdam.
Fox News reports that one passenger was injured, after what appeared to be sewing needles were found in six sandwiches on Sunday flights. The injured passenger was on a flight to Minneapolis, but they declined to seek medical attention.
Kristin Baur, a Delta spokesman, stated that the other needles were found on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle. The FBI’s Atlanta office has since opened a criminal investigation into the needles, but a FBI spokesman did not return a call for comment on Monday.
According to The Huffington Post, flight attendants immediately stopped serving the sandwiches when the needle was discovered, and passengers received pizza instead. Baur noted that security for Delta’s meal production has been increased, and they are currently using more prepackaged food during the investigation.
Delta Air Lines released a statement, saying:
“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 at Amsterdam to ensure the safety and quality of the food we provide onboard our aircraft.”
Gate Gourmet, who prepared the sandwiches in their Amsterdam kitchen, also issued a statement, saying:
“We take this matter very seriously, and we have launched our own full-scale investigation [and] heightening our already stringent safety and security procedures, to prevent any recurrence.”
CNN reports that when the company was asked if they have taken any job action against an employee yet, Gate Gourmet spokesperson Christina Ulosevich stated:
“We don’t have any comment. It’s part of an active investigation. We are absolutely cooperating fully with federal and local authorities who are involved, and concurrent with that we’ll be conducting our own full-scale investigation.”