British Airways is taking farm-to-table a little too far.
Michael L. Brown noticed something strange on the in-flight menu and shared it on Twitter this week. The author and religion speaker was flying business class from London to Chicago on 9 December, when he looked over the meal options and noticed that one dish had a warning, like many do these days. But the warning wasn’t about uncooked food or allergens. It was about bullets.
You've got to be kidding me. From the British Airways in-flight menu from London to Chicago. pic.twitter.com/lfecoXAllk
— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) December 9, 2018
It was for a dish called “Home Counties venison stew,” and the warning explained that “due to the nature of the product there is a very small risk of bullet fragments that could be found in this meal.”
“I traveled first class from Mumbai to Heathrow, and this item definitely wasn’t on the menu,” Brown told The Sun. “On my second flight from Heathrow to Chicago I noticed this item on the menu.”
He pointed it out to the flight crew. “The two flight attendants I spoke with had never seen or noticed this before but got a good laugh out of it,” he said. “One joked with me that this warning could be so all the Americans on board couldn’t sue them. I told him he could well be right.”
Brown was dumbfounded. But his followers were not. In fact, according to them, this is common.
If we buy wild rabbit from Argentina here in Germany you´ll find everytime the information, that there is a small risk of bullet fragments.
— Darius Tremel (@Musicmaker2011) December 13, 2018
Venison is deer. Maybe they source their deer from local butcher shops/hunters? We live in MS. My husband is a military man of 15 years from Ok. That’s not weird to me 🤷🏻♀️
— Sis Latta (@cryslatta) December 9, 2018
Pretty normal if you’ve ever hunted birds, although it’s not bullets, it’s shotgun beads 😁
— Randy Turnbow (@BigRedCurlyGuy) December 9, 2018
Whenever you buy game meat (at least here in Germany) you will always that hint. It's just a reinsurance for the producer.
— Fly MC Adler (@FlyMCAdler) December 13, 2018
It's a liability thing and nothing new: https://t.co/YA1MDj14KP
— Αxel Belger 🗽 (@787_8) December 12, 2018
Usually phrased as buckshot on menus here in the UK and certainly not unusual to see it called out. However, it is a note-worthy inclusion for an in-flight menu, I certainly can't recall it on @British_Airways before.
— Benn Glazier (@bennglazier) December 12, 2018
“These warnings are there as a precaution, and are common practice,” British Airways told Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement. “We source the best British ingredients for our inflight menu and this is no exception.”
Brown did not try the dish with possible bullet fragments.
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