(Batesville, Ind.) - One ton of tainted meat, some of it headed for local restaurants, was seized after a truck was stopped by Indiana State Police Friday.
A trooper stopped a box truck for a routine commercial vehicle inspection on State Road 46 near Lammers Pike in Batesville. During the stop, the trooper noticed the truck’s reefer, or cooling system, was not running.
The truck belonged to Heng Hua, Inc. out of Cincinnati and Louisville. IT was being driven by Alejandro Gonzalez, 41, of Louisville.
Gonzalez told the trooper that the reefer unit had not been working correctly for the past four days.
Troopers found that the temperature inside the truck carrying chicken, seafood, pork, eggs, noodles, and mushrooms was about 70 degrees. The Ripley County Health Department was called in to assist and the seized approximately 2,000 pounds of perishable food.
State police said the contents were bound for various restaurants in Batesville, Greensburg, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, and Mooresville.
As the inspection continued, it was determined the truck was also overweight by about 5,000 pounds.
The same trooper also reported that he had stopped another truck owned by Heng Hua the prior Monday, August 8 which had an improperly working reefer. The Ripley County Health Department seized a case of clams and a case of cauliflower for not being maintained at a safe temperature.