than $5,000 worth of food headed to multiple restaurants was
destroyed after police and health department officials worked
According to information from Holley Meador and Traci Bauman,
environmental health specialists at the Ripley County Health
Department, the food was being hauled in semi trailers that
were not cooling properly or not at all.
Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Richey noted that two semis
were stopped in the month of August that appeared to be overweight.
They were carrying food/supplies to various Chinese restaurants.
Trooper Richey told the Osgood Journal that this is an issue
every summer with companies hauling the food items repeatedly
being found to be in violation of food temperature stipulations.
They purposefully by-pass the scales and take other roads,
Trooper Richey said. The two recently stopped in Ripley County
were on Highway 46 near Batesville and in Sunman near the Penntown
On August 12 the truck that was stopped on Hwy 46 had no working
reefer (unit that controls the trucks refrigeration).
They were in violation of the states Food Safety code
according to Meador. She said Stapp Ranch out of Decatur County
was contacted to dispose of the meat. They hauled away a 10
foot bed full of various items from clams to 13 boxes of pastry
According to the Retail Food Establishment inspection report,
the clams were at 60 degrees and the chicken had reached 54
degrees. It was noted that the reefer (cooling unit) had not
been working for two days.
The truck stopped on August 10 near Penntown had eight bags
of frozen clams and other items that were thawing with the temperature
reaching 51 degrees. This food was also disposed of. In both
cases health department officials noted that the owner of the
company was notified prior to disposal and informed. They verbally
agreed to have the items disposed. A list of these items was
sent to the company.
On the inspection report the company found in violation of transporting
food in an unsafe manner on August 10 was Heng Hug Trading Inc.
out of Cincinnati, OH. The August 12 violation was a company
named H.H. Inc., out of Louisville, KY. Trooper Richey said
they are one and the same company.
Thanks to a concerned citizens tip, police are on the
look out for a particular route some trucks are taking as they
try to avoid the main highways where they would be inspected
at scale points.
Both environmental health specialists from Ripley County told
the Osgood Journal it was a serious violation that police are
monitoring closely. They will work in connection with other
officials to try to keep these type of food items from reaching
consumers locally. Id hate to think how much gets
by us, Trooper Richey concluded.