Police: Trucks contained 150 pounds of spoiled food


Investigators want to make sure no local restaurants end up serving spoiled food delivered by hot trucks.

An anonymous tip Tuesday led state police to a pair of delivery trucks in Mooresville, vehicles police say were carrying food that could have made someone sick.

ISP and the Morgan County Health Department disposed of some of the food, but not before the trucks made stops, police said, at restaurants in Marion, Johnson and Morgan Counties.

Police want to know if the food that was delivered was also spoiled, and if it was, can it be tracked down before it gets to your dinner plate?

"Would you let your family eat some of that food?" Eyewitness News asked the driver of one of the trucks.

"No. No," replied the driver, who identified himself as Mario Moreno.

Police said they found more than 150 pounds of spoiled food in the trucks.

"We took a bag of onions off the truck that was laying in blood," said Trooper Dan Hearon.

Police caught up with both trucks in a parking lot along State Road 67 after receiving an anonymous call.

Investigators said the refrigeration units in both trucks were not running when police got there.

"41 degrees is the temperature that can be transported. Most of this stuff tested about 68 to 74 degrees," said Hearon.

State Police said they've seen it all before. 13 Investigates reported having discovered hot trucks transporting spoiled food to restaurants all over the state last year.

Our investigation led to a new law allowing police to cite carriers that transport unsafe food.

"I would say yes, it's a problem and we're doing our best with the local police departments to try and answer these calls and to remedy the situation," said Trooper Hearon.

Police told us some truck drivers don't always run their refrigeration units because they're trying to save fuel.

"If they hadn't stopped you, you were going to take that food and deliver it, right?" Eyewitness News asked Moreno.

"Yeah," he replied.

Now it's up to county health departments to follow up with the restaurants the trucks did get to before police stopped them, so they can warn them to check those products.

Both the drivers and the company were issued tickets. One truck was from Chicago, the other originated in Louisville.