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Valley restaurants react to discovery of tainted food on delivery truck

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Asian restaurants in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are reacting to news that a truck carrying unrefrigerated meats was pulled over in Lawrence County Wednesday night.

Dr. Lydia Johnson, director for the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture tells 21 News that a food sanitarian was called to Route 422 in Mahoning Township, not far from the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line, just after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The sanitarian inspected an unrefrigerated box truck from New Yung Wah food distributor of Mckees Rocks, Pennsylvania. The inspector found perishable foods that were being stored at higher than allowable temperatures.

Dr. Johnson says that the cargo included a large box of pork that had reached a temperature of 64 degrees, and a box of fish that had a temperature of 54 degrees.

The department of agriculture took the truck to the BFI landfill, where they will dispose of the food in a safe manner. "Not only will food be disposed of, but we will review the situation and could issue citations to the company,” said Johnson.

Johnson says the information will be relayed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture that is investigating any deliveries made in Ohio.

21 News made efforts to contact all of the 21 Ohio restaurants that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says were delivery stops made by the truck from New Yung Wah on Wednesay. The following is what we learned from those who answered the phone.

MAHONING COUNTY

  • Little Hunan, Austintown

Manager Jason says the restaurant received a shipment on Wednesday morning. He says he personally inspected the food and determined that it was frozen. After a visit by county health inspectors, Little Hunan voluntarily disposed of shrimp valued at $400-$500 dollars. The vegetables and other food was not subject to contamination. Little Hunan started using New Yung Wah after they were victims of the tainted food deliveries in May.

  • Hana Japanese, Austintown

Manager "Johnny" says they use Gordon Food Service and they do not use New Yung Wah. However, the list provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says that Hana Japanese was on the delivery route of the New Yung Wah truck on Wednesday.

  • Main Moon, Austintown

21 News left a phone message which was not returned.

  • Bamboo Garden, Youngstown

The manager tells 21 News that the food delivered by New Yung Wah passed the health department inspection.

  • Main Moon, Canfield

The manager says the health department inspected the food, and they voluntarily threw out the food delivered on Wednesday by New Yung Wah.

  • Evergreen Chinese, Youngstown

Manager says that the health department conducted an inspection. All the food delivered Wednesday by New Yung Wah was thrown into a dumpster.

  • Royal Grill, Boardman

The manager supplied paperwork from the Mahoning County Health District indicating that the restaurant agreed to destroy four boxes of chicken legs, one box of garlic bread as well as frozen pastries delivered on Wednesday by the truck from New Yung Wah. Health inspectors observed as the manager dumped the food into garbage bags and poured bleach over the food.

  • Main Moon, Boardman

Manager Joe Xio said they have ordered meats and vegetables from New Yung Wah in the past and received a shipment on Wednesday. He says the food was the proper temperature. He says they will not serve it until the health department completes an inspection. If he is forced to dispose of the food, Xio says it would cost the business $1,000.

  • Grand Buffet, Boardman

Manager not available.

  • Chinatown, Youngstown

Manager Wei said he has been contacted by the health department and will throw away the food that was delivered on Wednesday. He says they have never had any prior problems with New Yung Wah in the past. He says that Wednesday's shipment had ice on it. He says if they have to dispose of the food, it would cost the restaurant between $300 and $400.

  • Lin's Garden, Youngstown

A woman identifying herself as Halle Ni says they received a delivery on Wednesday from New Yung Wah that was not fresh, so they refused to accept delivery.

  • Shangri-La, Boardman

Worker who answered the phone said they would have a manager return our call. The call was not returned.

  • China Garden, Struthers

Woman who said she is the manager said they took delivery of food, and although she admitted that she has no way of checking the food, she was sure that it was not spoiled. The health inspector had not yet been to the restaurant.

  • Main Moon, Campbell

Person answering the phone said the manager was not there and had no idea if they would be in, and had no method of contacting him.

  • China Garden, Austintown

A search for an address, or phone number for this restaurant proved unsuccessful.

TRUMBULL COUNTY

  • Main Moon, Belmont Ave., Liberty

Person answering phone said the manager was not there, and wasn't sure when he would be in. On a follow-up call, a male said he did not speak enough English to talk on the phone.

  • Girard Wok, Girard

The manager says she took delivery of $600 worth of food on Wednesday. She said the food was frozen, and to her knowledge was suitable for eating. The health inspector had not been there. The manager's son said that they check food with a digital thermometer to make sure it is the proper temperature.

  • Main Moon, Hubbard

Manager Kai Chan says he spoke to two Trumbull County health inspectors. He says he checked the shipment with a digital thermometer and the temperature was okay. He says that his restaurant was the last stop in Ohio, and that the meat on the truck was spoiled, and being returned to the company.

COLUMBIANA COUNTY

  • Golden, Columbiana

The manager says he only took delivery of vegetables from the truck. There was no shipment of meat.

  • Sunny Chinese Buffet, Salem

Speaking through a translator, the manager said they checked the temperature of chicken that was delivered by New Yung Wah on Wednesday, and the meat was still frozen.

  • King Buffet, Salem

Ling, who has worked there for seven years and pays the food orders says that they get food from Cisco and she is willing to show us the payment records.

This is the third time in a year that Asian restaurants in the Valley have been affected by unrefrigerated delivery trucks.

This past May, a roadside truck inspection near New Castle discovered a truck carrying thawed food to restaurants in Mahoning, Mercer and Lawrence Counties.

WFMJ.COM reported a similar case in August of last year 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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