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Truck driver cited for food safety violations

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This picture was taken during a previous inspection of a truck that had several violations. (WTHR file photo) This picture was taken during a previous inspection of a truck that had several violations. (WTHR file photo)
INDIANAPOLIS -

Indiana State Police made a messy discovery during a truck inspection Saturday.

It started when troopers in Ripley County stopped a semi on I-74 for a traffic violation. They conducted a commercial vehicle inspection and found brown liquid dripping from underneath the truck's back door onto the ground.

At the rest area, the trooper asked the driver to open the truck doors. Troopers found raw chicken placed on top of open boxes of vegetables. About 200 lbs. of food - 16 boxes or packages of broccoli, egg roll filling, poultry, and cabbage - was destroyed after being declared unfit for human consumption.

The truck was en route to deliver the food to Chinese restaurants in Indianapolis, Mooresville, Avon and Plainfield. Besides the food safety violations, the truck driver was also cited for 11 minor commercial vehicle violations.

Since 13 Investigates first exposed the problem of unrefrigerated trucks delivering food to central Indiana restaurants, Indiana has stepped up with legislation that grants state troopers the power to take immediate action.

A new law passed in 2012 means that Indiana State Police can impound trucks that transport food unsafely, and the drivers of those trucks can face a $5,000 fine. Previously, state troopers who discovered contaminated food on trucks had no power to cite the company for food safety violations. The law allows troopers to take quick action so that bad food doesn't end up getting delivered to local restaurants.

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