27 Investigates: Truck carrying spoiled Asian food pulled over

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) – For the second time in three months, a delivery truck carrying food for local Asian restaurants was pulled over Wednesday evening and the spoiled food was confiscated.

It was stopped just after 7 p.m. on U.S. Route 422, just south of Route 551.

Police towed the truck, which is owned by New Yung Wah, in McKees Rocks, Pa. The company is not the same one that owned a truck carrying spoiled food which was pulled over in May from a Cleveland-based distributor, but it was supplying some of the same clients.

Mahoning Township motor carrier enforcement officer James Laurenza said after that May incident, the department bought an infrared thermometer to take the temperature of the food.

There were only 150 pounds of meat and fish left in the truck when it was pulled over and it registered between 58 and 68 degrees. It is supposed to be frozen.

Similar to the incident in May involving New Sheng Hung, the truck did not have a working refrigeration unit.

Officer Laurenza showed our news crew the invoices of 20 different restaurants in the Valley that accepted deliveries Wednesday, including:

  • Golden, Columbiana
  • Sunny Chinese Buffet, Salem
  • King Buffet, Salem
  • Little Hunan, Austintown
  • Hana Japanese, Austintown
  • Main Moon, Raccoon Road, Austintown
  • Bamboo Garden, Austintown
  • Main Moon, Canfield
  • Evergreen Chinese, Youngstown
  • Royal Grill, Boardman
  • Main Moon, Market Street, Boardman
  • Grand Buffet, Boardman
  • Chinatown, Youngstown
  • Lin’s Garden, Youngstown
  • Shangri-La Express, Boardman
  • China Garden, Struthers
  • Main Moon, Campbell
  • Main Moon, Belmont Avenue, Youngstown
  • Girard Wok, Girard
  • Main Moon, Hubbard (Main Moon in Hubbard told WKBN that it refused the delivered food.)

“The restaurants have to take it upon themselves to just continue to buy food from reputable companies. I mean, the same people we dealt with the last time also accepted food this time. So, I mean, as far as the restaurants, they need to start increasing food and drug protocols,” Laurenza said.

Four of the restaurants also dealt with New Sheng Hung during the May incident, including Grand Buffet and Shangri-La Express in Boardman, and Bamboo Garden and Little Hunan in Austintown.

The restaurants will not be notified directly by police. The truck carrying the food was impounded, the drivers were released back to the company and the food will be thrown away Thursday morning.

The company will receive several citations for motor vehicle violations. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was also on the scene Wednesday night.

A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said they have had refrigeration issues with the company in the past.

We will follow up with the Ohio and Pennsylvania Boards of Health on possible violations. An inspection done last week by the Allegheny County Health Department lists a number of violations, including live birds found at the company’s McKees Rocks facility, along with a dead mouse, mice droppings, open bait containers and open dumpster lids.

To see past inspection reports, click here.

The company had no comment.

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