By: John Lester - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 25, 2021
Delta Rodent FDA Warning

Delta Rodent FDA Warning

Delta Rodent. The FDA was told by Delta that the rodent droppings were an isolated incident. They were found on a jet by an inspector who claimed there were too many to count.

Delta Rodents

The air carrier received a warning letter from the FDA on April 13 that its inspector found “rodent excreta pellets” and urine stains Jan. 26 to Feb. 2. They were discovered in ceiling panels above the same location where food and drinks are stored. One of five bulleted items in the EPA letter listed as “evidence of rodent activity.”

The air carrier told the FDA Jan. 28 it was taking actions to eliminate the infestation on the unidentified jet inspected near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the FDA letter said.

“However, the corrective actions identified in these responses do not include actions your firm is taking to prevent future rodent infestations,” the letter from Atlanta District Director John Gridley said. “We believe a recurrence is likely without adequate preventive measures in place.”

A Delta spokeswoman said she would “defer back to the statement” when asked if the excrement or urine had posed a passenger health risk, if this was the first time pellets or urine stains had been found in the company’s aircraft and if she was confident no other planes had excrement or urine stains.

Delta has 815 passenger jets worldwide as of Dec. 31, the airline’s Web site said.


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