A recent discovery has Asian food suppliers concerned about whether the products they are receiving are indeed safe for consumers to ingest.
Last Wednesday, Indiana police pulled over a refrigerated truck belonging to Heng Hua Trading (otherwise known as Eternal Trading) for weight violations (http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/Local-Company-Investigated-For-Tainted-Food/_5ww6IQe7UCeXEZu_1cfqg.cspx). What they found, however, turned out to be a potential health hazard.
When police looked further, they found that the reefer, which was carrying Asian food products such as chicken, eggs, vegetables, and pork, to contain temperatures well above the required degree.
According to an article by Local 12 News, Indiana law requires that reefers maintain a temperature of 41 degrees or lower. Heng Hua’s refrigerated truck, however, tested in at temperatures as high as 70 degrees and as low as 54 degrees (still above the required amount), the article explains.
The same thing happened again on Friday with another of Heng Hua’s reefers, setting forth a deeper investigation of the company throughout several states where the food was to be delivered. The driver acknowledged that his reefer was not working properly for several days, yet the company did nothing to fix it.
As the news station notes, over a ton of food was transferred to an animal rescue facility due to being tainted and so spoiled that it could cause dangerous health effects when ingested. Even though investigators were able to cease these two shipments, they do not know how many more snuck by unnoticed.
But this is not the first offense the trucking company (which operates two distribution centers: Enson Trading Company in Louisville and Eternal Trading Company) has been cited with.
In 2010, authorities charged the owners “for not removing residential living facilities like showers and bathrooms from their buildings, which are also considered unfit for human habitation” kicking off an investigation of possible “trafficking or harboring illegals”
This is just one of several cases of freight being ruined due to an ill-equipped carrier.
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