4Flight Feeding FLIGHT MEALS: The total of all food commodities required to provide:a - 1 Continental Breakfastb - 1 Full Breakfastc - 1 Cold Lunchd - 1 Hot Lunch (Crew or Passenger)e - 1 Boeing Light Mealf - 1 Special Meal
5Flight Feeding FLIGHT REFRESHMENT: The total of all food commodities required to provide either:one between meal supplement;one between meal beverage, with or without one or two food items or one special refreshment
6Flight FeedingFLIGHT MEAL INCIDENT: Any situation involving a contaminated food or beverage item which occurs on board an aircraft is deemed to have accident potential and therefore is reportable.
7Flight FeedingFLIGHT MEAL DEFICIENCY: Any situation involving a food item that is deficient in quantity and quality but safe for consumption.ORIGINATING BASE: Refers to the military unit that provided the contaminated food or beverage items from military or civilian sources.
8Flight FeedingPRE-FLIGHT PERIOD: Any time within 48 hours of flight departure.INFLIGHT PERIOD: Any time while on board the aircraft including taxi in and out.
9Purpose of Flight Feeding Assist aircrew and passengers to adjust to demand of flying by:Providing nutrition;Relieving boredom;Counteracting dehydration; andPreventing loss of efficiency.NOTE: Between meals supplements are also made available to personnel involved in aircraft control duties and radar terminal control units.
10Concept of Operation prepare from raw materials; cook; portion; assemble;chill; andif required before service, reheat on board aircraft.
11Fundamental Practices The following principles shall apply in the provision ofall flight meals and shall be taken into considerationwhen planning food services support to air operations:strict hygienic and sanitary conditions;preparation of meals/food shall not commence earlier than 12 hours prior to pick up; andprepared foods/meals are held at 5°C or below butabove freezing.
12Fundamental Practices (cont’d) When food/meal are held under refrigerated conditions, holding periods are not exceeded 12 hours from time to pick-up from the kitchen to the time of consumption; andA separate meal shall be provided for the aircraft commander by a different facility, personnel and using different foodstuffs.
13Quality Control Food Supply Bacteriological control of meals;Routine planned food sampling is necessary; andThe frequency, regularity and choice of foods to be sampled will be influenced by the laboratoryfacilities available.
14Sanitation StandardsThe sanitation standards specified in the Sanitation Code, Flight Feeding Manual and Hygiene & Sanitation in Aviation shall be complied with;inspections shall be carried out monthly; andThe flight feeding kitchen manager is responsible for the cleanliness of the operation and shall monitor the operation on a daily basis.
15Categories of Catering The establishments in which food is prepared fall basically into two categories:- Those that produce food served in airport restaurants, cafeterias and snack bars; and- Flight catering kitchens or in flight catering premises.
16Airport cateringThe following precautions must be followed to ensure that control and the high standard reached in the production unit are maintained:a. food should be stored in a clean dry area;b. no overstocking;c. meals should be planned well in advance;d. stock rotation;
17Airport catering cont’d e. when food is to be regenerated, frozen packs should be put straight into a convection oven or steamer;f. meals should be served as quickly as possible;g. frozen food once regenerated, may deteriorate at the same time or even faster that freshly cooked foods; andh. any food prepared in excess of consumer requirements must not be reheated more than once.
18Flight Catering Kitchens or In-Flight Kitchen Aircraft meals are supplied:Under direct control of the airline;Staffed and controlled by a catering concessionaire but supervised by the airline; andOwned by catering concessionaire and only partially supervised by the airline.
19Hotel Restaurants Hotels in which crews and passengers are accommodated are another important source of foodsupplies.In fact, a difficulty in investigating alleged foodborneillness occurring in flight or after arrival is to decidefrom which source of food was supplied.
20Vending MachinesEvery machine should carry precise instructions for cleaning and sterilizing procedures. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the type of goods sold but beverage vending machines should be cleaned daily, and those selling goods, at least every 48 hours. Samples of food should be taken at intervals to check bacteriological quality.
21Vending Machines cont’d so designed and constructed that they are easy to clean;made of substances with which food can not be contaminated;kept in hygienic surroundings,kept at the correct temperature; andthere should be adequate and efficient stock rotation based on the shelf life of products.
22Food Handler TrainingPersons who either are suffering from a disease capable of being transmitted by food or water or are carriers of such a disease SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED in food preparation or food handling;Food handlers should be kept under regularSurveillance;Pre-employment medical is a MUST;Responsibility for food hygiene rests with topmanagement;All food handlers should receive training in food hygiene; andFood handlers should receive basic instruction in hygiene.
23Meal and Refreshment Preparation all perishable food shall be kept refrigerated (at below 4°C) at all times except during preparation;frozen food which has thawed shall be used immediately or discarded. Previously frozen food shall not be refrozen;a cook-chill-apportioning-chill sequence will be established for the preparation of all meals;contamination will be reduced by ensuring that food is covered and that food services personnel wear disposable gloves when portioning food’
24Meal and Refreshment Preparation cont’d meats shall be trimmed of fat, skin and gristle;all fruits shall be washed;salad and sandwich fillings shall be finely diced;sandwich meats shall be shaved; andbaked items shall be prepared in-house where possible.
25Food PreparationIn order to prevent the introduction of pathogenic organisms, or the proliferation of those already present, temperature control is vital. The following temperatures shall be maintained:aboard aircrafts cold meals must be stored below 5°C (only on the plane);aboard an aircraft hot meals must be held above 63°C;
26Food Preparation cont’d deep freeze not exceeding -18°C; andlong term storage -26°C to -29°C.meals that are to be served hot are transferred into ovens in the aircraft for rapid reheating;Meals should be transported to aircraft in closed containers and clean covered vehicles as close to departure time as practicable BUT NOT MORE THAN 1 HOUR BEFORE FLIGHT DEPARTURE.
27Food Preparation cont’d A potential hazard is the possible transferenceof bacteria from raw to cooked foods either byhuman or equipment contacts. Raw foodsShould be handled by different personnel in adifferent section and with different equipmentfrom that used for cooked foods. Afterhandling all preparation tables, utensils,equipment and hands should be washed.
28Meal LabellingFlight meal shall be sealed, time and date stamped, and initialed by the packer at the time of preparation.
29Meal StorageFlight meals shall be stored at temperature below 5°C but above freezing point. When insulated carriers or carton boxes are used to store and transport hot meals in the flight feeding kitchen, they shall be left OPEN during refrigeration to improve air circulation around the food and thus, shorten the cooling time.
30Meal Storage cont’dWhen meals are supplied to in-transit flights the aircraft must be on the ground before food is dispatched from flight feeding kitchen. If the holding period (from preparation to consumption) of flight meals or refreshments exceeds 24 hours, a replacement issue is required. This 24 hours is the maximum holding period applies to prepare flight meals.
31Meal Storage cont’dWhen a flight is cancelled or not activated after flight meals or refreshments have been issued from the kitchen, these meals and refreshments shall be returned to the flight kitchen and discarded. This policy also applies to meals prepared and issued for search and rescue flights. If the flight meals and refreshments have not left the kitchen, salvage action is to be taken.
32Meal IssueWhen a flight is delayed after flight meals and refreshments have been issued from the kitchen the following procedures apply:the issued crew meals must be discarded and a replacement meal issued; andthe issued passenger meals should be discarded and replacement meals issued.
33Meal Issue cont’dHowever, when time does not permit for the preparation of a replacement meal, the meals may be returned to the kitchen and reissued providing the following criteria are satisfied:the holding period from preparation does not exceed 24 hours. The maximum holding period (24 hours) applies to prepare flight meals that are stored under ideal, refrigerated storage conditions;
34Meal Issue cont’dThe seal of the meal/refreshment packaging is not broken; andThe meals have retained a sufficiently low temperature throughout the initial attempted issue.
35Food Handling in Aircraft It is the responsibility of Unit Food Services personnel to ensure that all perishable food items are packed separately with coolant (dry ice, cold packs) to ensure that the food will be maintained at 5°C or lower for at least 8 hours.
36Beverage FlasksThey are filled with hot water for tea, coffee making, soup and fruit juices. Some use them as containers for drinking water. After each flight, they should be subjected to a rigidly enforced cleaning and sterilizing procedures.
37Food on AircraftFood for service to passengers is stored in the galley or pantry areas. The meals may consist of:cold food served on the trays previously laid out in flight catering;hot meals on short haul aircraft; orhot meal on long haul aircraft, which should be either frozen or chilled and reheated in a variety of ovens.
38Food on Aircraft cont’d The following types of aircraft ovens areCommonly used:mobile heat-retaining ovens that will keep food hot to a maximum temperature of 85°C. They should not be used for heating frozen meals;conventional fixed ovens that will keep the food hot to a maximum of 85°C in 45 minutes. Another 15 minutes must be allowed for heating freezing food;
39Food on Aircraft cont’d fixed convection ovens that will reheat chilled food to a temperature of 85°C in minutes. Another 5 minutes must be allowed for frozen foods; andmicrowave ovens that will thaw frozen foods in 35 seconds and heat the above temperature in a further 35 seconds.
40Aircraft Commander’s Meal Food for the aircraft commander’s meal shall be prepared by different utensil and equipment and where possible a different facility.
41Crew Meals The captain should be given a completely different meal from that served to the co-pilot,Prepared from food obtained from differentsources. The same principle must apply if theyeat in ground catering premises a few hoursbefore takeoff. Cabin crew are normallysupplied with special meals, or receive anallowance to buy food on arrival.
42New Types of Flight Feeding 1. DOUBLE OR RETURN CATERING:The practice is increasing of supplying food from the parent station for both outward and return flights. This is attractive because it’s economical. Only good for flights of fairly short duration, not more than 2 hrs; andReturn catering is acceptable from an hygiene aspect only if meals to be served cold are held in flight at temperature below 5°C and hot meal held above 63°C.
43New Types of Flight Feeding cont’d 2. SEAT BACK CATERING:The meals, which consist invariably of a variety of cold meats or meat pie and salad, are packed into two disposable plastic trays. Problems occurring are:outward flight passengers may tamper with and contaminate food for the return journey;the temperature of the food is not controlled; andoften the flights are made to countries where the temperature is high, the situation then being ideal for bacterial growth.
44Aircraft Food WasteAfter offloading from the aircraft, waste food should be brought back to flight catering ASAP. Offloading should commence ASAP after the aircraft lands, so that the galley can be cleaned before fresh equipment and food is loaded.Food items shall not be consumed after the flight terminates nor shall they be retained for the next days flight;All equipment and waste food should be brought to an unloading bay, which should be separate from the loading bay from which the clean equipment and aircraft meals are dispatched;
45Aircraft Food Waste cont’d All perishable food items not consumed during the flight leg for which it was intended shall be discarded immediately after the flight terminates;Waste food must not remain in flight catering. Disposal by whatever method should be rapid, safe and hygienically executed;NON-CANADIAN PRODUCE FROM INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WILL BE INCINERATED AT THE POINT OF FIRST LANDING IN CANADA;
46Aircraft Food Waste cont’d The stripping of meal trays can be done entirely by hand, all waste matter being placed in metal or plastic containers of various kinds. Manual stripping can be assisted by a conveyor-belt system on to which the contents of the meal trays are emptied, and as they travel along the belt, all re-usable items of equipment such as cutlery, crockery and glassware are removed;
47Aircraft Food Waste cont’d Containers must be thoroughly washed, which is most efficiently done in a container washing machine;All re-usable equipment and utensils should be separated and passed to the dishwashing section for either manual or mechanical cleaning;If waste food is stored while awaiting collection, it should be compacted mechanically in the bulks containers so that its volume is reduced considerably.
48Aircraft Food Waste cont’d Another method of disposal is the automatic reduction of all waste to a pulp by a wet process system; andThe swill storage area should be kept clean and facilities for washing the area should be provided, after being emptied, the bins should be washed and disinfected.
49Passenger IllnessIn addition to the usual epidemiological precautions, ifany passenger or crew member becomes ill during aflight or on arrival at an airport.To assist cabin crew to obtain the correct information, a questionnaire should be supplied with the aircraft documents; andIt’s important that unconsumed portion of the suspected meal or three partly eaten meals should be returned under refrigeration.
50Flight Meal Incident Flight Meal Incident: in any situation involving a contaminated food or beverage item which occurs on board an aircraft, and that is deemed to have accident potential. Such incidents are to be reported IAW A-GA /AA-001, Chapter 15. When ever a food or beverage item is suspected of contamination because of its odour, appearance, flavour, texture or any other factor, the item shall be deemed to be “suspected as contaminated” and treated as a “flight meal incident”.Staffing Procedures: Page (Para 6-15)
51Inspection All food premises should be inspected regularly and frequently by health authority. The frequency ofinspection will depend on the operating standardsfound in references. It will be increased whenconditions are unsatisfactory and decreased whenthey are good. Detailed inspections, in which note ismade of all structural defects and faulty methods offood preparation and handling techniques, should becarried out on average at monthly intervals, withrevisits as necessary to see that recommendationshave been implemented.
52ConclusionAs a preventive medicine technician, you will spend a great deal of time conducting kitchen inspection. Flight feeding kitchens are the same except that the level of hygiene and sanitation must be much more stringent and there are some additional regulations that must be followed.