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The discovery of a truck carrying contaminated food to Valley restaurants has uncovered new information that none of the company's trucks have working refrigeration systems.

Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesperson Ashley McDonald says inspectors visited the New Sheng Hung food distribution company in Cleveland on Friday and found that electrical refrigeration equipment is not working on any of the seven trucks used by the company.

New Sheng Hung owners have been ordered to halt any deliveries of refrigerated food.  State officials are compiling a list of the company's customers so they can be advised to refuse delivery of any food from the distributor.  Local health departments are being notified as well.

McDonald believes the company has 500 clients located in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. They advise those customers to throw out any perishable goods obtained from New Sheng Hung.

It's not yet known how long the trucks have been making deliveries with malfunctioning refrigeration systems. The state has ordered New Sheng Hung to repair the refrigerated trucks.

While no deliveries can be made with refrigerated trucks, the company is being permitted to move dry goods with other vehicles. 

This investigation is ongoing and it is possible the company will face state fines.

The investigation was launched after a routine inspection by police in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, found that a truck from New Sheng Hung did not have an operable refrigeration system. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says the internal temperature of  meat, dairy, and vegetable products was above sixty degrees. There was also evidence of cross contamination.

The truck had already made deliveries to four Asian cuisine restaurants in Boardman, two in Austintown, and one restaurant in Struthers.

The truck was stopped and impounded as it was on the way to deliver food to three establishments in New Castle and three locations in Sharon.

A representative from the Department of Agriculture was dispatched to the scene, and found the food unsuitable for human consumption. The food was being taken to an Ohio landfill.

WFMJ.COM reported a similar case last August when the Ohio Highway Patrol stopped a truck in Butler County carrying tainted food destined for restaurants in Akron, Boardman, Girard, and Liberty in Ohio, as well as restaurants in Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City and Mercer, Pennsylvania

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