27 Investigates: Restaurants given clean bill of health after delivery


HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Area Asian restaurants, still reeling from the New Sheng Hung spoiled food scandal in May, received another blow Wednesday night.

Another truck that made deliveries to area restaurants was stopped in Lawrence County with spoiled food on board. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is investigating the company, which has a history of violations.

The New Yung Wah truck had 150 pounds of spoiled pork, chicken and fish when it was stopped by police. Temperatures ranged between 58 and 68 degrees. The meat and fish is supposed to be frozen.

On Thursday, health inspectors were at the 20 restaurants that received food from the truck on Wednesday. All received a clean bill of health.

“It’s not worth the reputation to make somebody sick and then word gets out. It could kill their business so these guys are really on the ball as far as checking out the quality of everything they receive. They take the temperatures as it’s getting off the truck,” Trumbull County Health Inspector Dianne Simon said.

Owner Steve Chen of the Main Moon in Hubbard said they regularly send products back to the company when they feel it is not up to a certain standard. In fact, he said they returned 56 pounds of pork butts they received the week before.

“It was a mistake. The only way we can get credit for the return is to keep it and give it to the delivery truck this week, so that is very likely the pork butts that was found on the truck,” Chen said.

Jason Fritz, who runs the Little Hunan in Austintown, said the company told him the food on the truck was never going to be served to the general public.

“They made it sound like this was product that was being returned, so after their last delivery, they had turned off their refrigeration unit and were on their way back to return it and dispose of it however they do,” Fritz said.

Dr. Lydia Johnson with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said there is no indication the meat was going back to the facility. She said New Yung Wah has a history that leads them to believe that was not true.

We reached out to the company and could not get through.

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 a delivery last week and returned the product on Wednesday to get reimbursed)

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

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