FDA investigating local Asian food supplier

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (WKBN) – The United States Food and Drug Administration is investigating a food warehouse that in August had one of its trucks pulled over in Lawrence County for carrying spoiled food.

According to a letter sent Dec. 9 to NYWP Enterprise LLC, the FDA found numerous violations at its warehouse in McKees Rocks, Pa. between Oct. 15 and Oct. 30, including:

  • FDA inspectors found pests in the food plant. An apparent rodent nest was found in a plastic box containing thawing red meat.
  • Plumbing was not properly installed.
  • Rodenticides were found near food.
  • The warehouse failed to take proper precautions to reduce food contamination from chemicals.
  • The warehouse had inadequate drainage.
  • They did not properly store equipment and remove litter and waste.
  • There was inadequate workspace.
  • Improper storage of single-service items.
  • Improper lighting fixtures were found over food.
  • Employees were found using tobacco near food.

The list of violations was posted to the FDA’s website on Dec. 24. The company acknowledges the list of violations and said they are committed to maintaining and operating a facility that provides the highest quality service for its customers.

However, the FDA said the company did not provide proper documentation to detail how they would fix the violations.

On Aug. 27, a delivery truck from NYWP carrying food for local Asian restaurants was pulled over on U.S. Route 422 in Mahoning Township. A motor carrier enforcement officer said at the time there was only 150 pounds of meat and fish left in the truck when it was pulled over and it registered between 58 and 68 degrees with an infrared thermometer. The items were supposed to be frozen.

The truck did not have a working refrigeration unit. The officer showed our news crew invoices of 20 different restaurants in the area that had accepted deliveries that day, many of which were in Austintown, Boardman and Youngstown.

All 20 of the restaurants that received food from the truck were given a clean bill of health the following day by health inspectors.

Steve Chen, the owner of Main Moon in Hubbard, said that they have not used New Yung Wah since the incident in August, hoping they would make an effort to change their practices.

“Kind of glad that the news brought this to light or I wouldn’t have known about this. And I am kind of glad we made the decision to keep them off our books,” Chen said.

He said while some restaurants have had to close, business has bounced back for them.

“People kind of saw what we were doing as far as quality control and it has kind of helped us gain their trust even more,” Chen said.

The Allegheny County Health Department had found violations at the warehouse previously. To see past inspection reports from the Allegheny County Health Department for the warehouse, click here.

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