Inspectors halt deliveries from Cleveland food wholesaler

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) — WKBN 27 First News continues to break new details in the investigation into spoiled and contaminated food that was delivered to several area Chinese restaurants.

The Cleveland company at the center of this services roughly 500 restaurants in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. WKBN reporter Jeff Levkulich was there Friday as officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture paid a visit to the company, where they found more problems with the trucks there.

Officials said seven more of the New Sheng Hung companies refrigeration trucks were not working and they are not sure how long they have been broken. The eighth one is still in the impound lot in Mahoning Township in Lawrence County after a Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer pulled it over Wednesday night during a random inspection.

The officer found spoiled meat as well as cross contaminated vegetables and dairy products.

Daniel Milo, a supervisor for the Food Safety Division of the ODA said no food is to leave the business in those trucks until they are cleaned out and their refrigeration units are repaired.

“It’s rather disturbing, especially for the fact that they knew this was coming because of the vehicle being pulled over, so we are just going to obviously look on the side of food safety first and foremost and make sure they have operating refrigeration before they ship anything,” Milo said.

There were no problems with the Sheng Hung warehouse itself, and the company is allowed to ship dry goods.

“They are in the process of shipping products that do not need refrigeration. They will be in contact with us when they have working refrigeration. We will come out and verify that it is indeed working before we allow those vehicles to go out with food,” Milo said.

Health officials are warning the more than 500 restaurants that this business delivers to in both Ohio and Pennsylvania that if they get food from this company to check to see if there is anything wrong with it before they accept it.

Youngstown area restaurants that took delivery from the truck just prior to it being stopped on Wednesday in Lawrence County:

  • House of China – Boardman
  • Grand Buffet – Boardman
  • Sawa Steak House – Boardman
  • Golden Bowl – Struthers
  • Shangrila Express – Boardman
  • Bamboo Garden – Austintown
  • Little Hunan – Austintown

A manager at the Sheng Hung warehouse, Tracy, did not want to comment on Friday.

We are still waiting for inspection reports for the New Shen Hung from the last several years from the state.

“This facility has been on our radar screen in the past. It has not been for the transportation issues,” Milo said.

The Mahoning County Board of Health said all the spoiled or contaminated food delivered to the seven Mahoning County restaurants was destroyed on Thursday.

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