WESTERN PA., EASTERN OHIO —
A routine roadside inspection by police of a truck bound for restaurants in Mercer, Lawrence and Mahoning counties discovered thawed food unsuitable for human consumption.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said no citations will be issued for the food delivery company.
Samantha Elliott Krepps, ag department press secretary, said New Sheng Hung Inc., a Cleveland company, agreed to destroy about 2,000 pounds of food which had been bound for delivery to local restaurants.
“We wanted to make sure the food didn’t get into the hands of anyone,’’ Krepps said.
Mahoning Township, Lawrence County, police stopped the box truck on West State Street at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday.
During the inspection, they found that the refrigeration unit, used to keep the food frozen, was not working. The internal temperature of the food items, police said, was 65 degrees. Officers said the cargo was completely thawed and evidence of cross contamination with the remaining cargo was observed within the truck. Food was also stored improperly, with meat stored above vegetables, Krepps said.
All of the restaurants where the food was bound serve Asian cuisine.
Krepps said none of the food was delivered in Pennsylvania. She added that the state ag department notified Ohio agriculture officials that the truck completed deliveries to several restaurants in Ohio prior to being apprehended.
The driver told officers he had begun his trip from the Cleveland area at 9 a.m. and was en route to three restaurants in the New Castle area and three in the Sharon area.
Police said paperwork indicated the truck was transporting meat, dairy and vegetable products to local Chinese restaurants.
Restaurants where truck was bound
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
• House of China, Boardman
• Grand Buffet, Boardman
• Sawa Steak House, Boardman
• Golden Bowl, Struthers
• Shangrila Buffet, Boardman
• Bamboo Garden, Austintown
• Little Hunan, Austintown
• Golden Wok, New Castle
• China Banquet Buffet, New Castle
• Great Wall, Shenango Township, Lawrence County
• Main Moon Buffet, Sharon
• Top’s Buffet, Hermitage
• China Wok, Hermitage