CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Wednesday, June 25, an Ohio Department of Agriculture representative confirmed to WKBN that food supplier New Sheng Hung has one of their trucks running properly and has one refrigeration truck working and has been on an accelerated inspection schedule for the past two years because of sanitation issues.
ODA Agent Ashley McDonald said her office visits the supplier every six months, instead of the normal 12 to 18 months. McDonald also said that the ODA has obtained legal permission to take New Sheng Hung directly to court if they find any further violations.
New Sheng Hung is the company that police and state officials have said was transporting, and had delivered, spoiled food to local restaurants.
At the end of May, WKBN reported that State Police in Lawrence County stopped one of New Sheng Hung’s delivery trucks and found spoiled food in an area that should have been refrigerated.
The truck was stopped in Mahoning Township in Lawrence County. The truck already had made deliveries to seven restaurants in the Youngstown area before it was pulled over on Wednesday, May 28 including:
- House of China – Boardman
- Grand Buffet – Boardman
- Sawa Steak House – Boardman
- Golden Bowl – Struthers
- Shangrila Express – Boardman
- Bamboo Garden – Austintown
- Little Hunan – Austintown
On Friday, May 30, inspectors with the Ohio Department of Agriculture were at the warehouse, where it was discovered seven other trucks did not have working refrigeration units and the company was ordered to stop making deliveries until the trucks were repaired.
But inoperable refrigeration trucks were just the latest in a series of problems at the warehouse.
Since June of last year, inspectors came back eight times, mostly for repeat issues, such as not having running water in the cabbage preparation area and unsanitary conditions. They also found dead mice in several traps, rodent feces in the dry goods area and cat feces in the building.
To see all inspections of Sheng Hung by the Ohio Department of Agriculture within the past two years, click here.