An official with Beijing Airport Inflight Kitchen Ltd., which provides food for major airline companies including China Southern and China Eastern, told Global Times that they have stopped supplying poultry dishes for flights.
"We received notification from our clients yesterday that we need to stop supplying poultry," said an official. "Beef will become the major substitute."
Zhang Wuan, media officer with Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, said it suspended the serving poultry April 4, and currently serves mostly fish and beef.
Shanghai has closed live poultry markets after H7N9 was found. Although some airline companies have stopped serving poultry, others have not received any notice to do so.
Pang Xinhuo, deputy director of Beijing Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention said that if the food has passed quarantine, it is safe.
"People don't need to stop eating poultry," said Pang. "If it's cooked thoroughly and processed properly, people won't be infected simply by eating it."