LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - With about 80 cases of food coming in three times a week, D.T. Kirby's Owner Don Kirby said his employees know the first thing they have to do when accepting a delivery.
"They know that they literally have to take a look at every single item coming in the door," said Kirby. "Especially when they're 100 degrees or better for so long."
Kirby said while he doesn't like to have one more thing to worry about in his life, the amount of hot trucks pulled over in the past few days does cause for some concern.
Yet Kirby, who works with both a national company and a local company out of Delphi, said he's never had a problem with his food arriving above the required temperature of 41 degrees. However, the same can't be said for Indiana State Trooper Ashley Kelly, who stopped four hot trucks in just four days.
"It is a lot," said Kelly. "I had one Monday, Tuesday and today is Thursday, and it's my third one. We also had one yesterday down in Clinton County."
Kelly said the Thursday's stop resulted in more than 2,000 pounds of food being thrown out. Kirby said he goes through almost that many potatoes alone in just one week, and said that's why it's important to trust the company delivering his food.
During the hot summer months, Kirby said it's just as important to make sure the food stays properly kept, even after delivery.
"They physically have to pay attention to everything," said Kirby. "Customers don't want bad food, we don't want to have bad food. So yea, you have to pay a bit more attention to it."
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