Police find 200 pounds of contaminated food in truck during traffic stop

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Authorities destroyed approximately 200 pounds of food, after a traffic stop led to the discovery of contaminated food Saturday.

Indiana State Police said a trooper stopped a 2004 Freightliner truck on Interstate 74 in Ripley County Saturday for a traffic violation and to conduct a commercial vehicle inspection.  As the truck’s driver, 46-year-old Jerome Upshaw, pulled into a rest area for the inspection, the trooper noted brown liquid was leaking from the truck’s back door.

During an inspection of the truck, police said open boxes containing vegetables were sitting on top of boxes with raw chicken. An official with the Ripley County Health Department was then dispatched to the scene for further inspection.

The health official reported finding approximately 16 boxes of broccoli, egg roll fillings, poultry and cabbage that were unfit for human consumption due to unsafe handling and cross contamination issues.  The inspector also discovered a whole chicken lying in a box of egg roll wrappers.

Police said the food was being delivered to Chinese restaurants in Indianapolis, Mooresville, Avon and Plainfield.

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