LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Last summer we saw spoiled food in the back of hot trucks on almost a weekly basis. Food that was cross contaminated and spoiled.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Kelly said of the hundreds of trucks stopped statewide last year carrying food 35 to 45 percent were considered hot trucks.
"As far as this summer goes I still think we will have vehicles that will have hot food," Kelly said. "It's kind of unavoidable."
But it's not always a truck. Kelly said last year's offenders are thinking of new ways to deliver food.
"When we were stopping trucks last summer we had company owners, we had drivers tell us they were going to start putting this product in trunks of cars, in mini vans, in SUVs and we would never catch them," Kelly said. "Well contraire we do catch them."
A few weeks ago police caught a mini van transporting hot food after a Frankfort police officer noticed a large amount of food in the back.
Kelly said it's not about the product. The companies and drivers making deliveries in everyday cars care about one thing. Money.
"Most of the companies that we deal with on the bad end of it that's exactly their aspect on it," Kelly said. "They are there to make cash, nothing more. They couldn't care less about the food product that they're hauling and they couldn't care less about the consumer."
While drivers are responsible for keeping the appropriate temperature for food and avoiding cross contamination Tippecanoe County Health Department administrator Ron Cripe said businesses accepting food from hot trucks aren't in the clear.
"It is the restaurant's responsibility to make sure that the food that's coming off that truck meets the requirements," Cripe said.
The Health Department works with State Police year round to track hot trucks and stop dangerous deliveries.
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