How safe is the food you're eating?

How safe is the food you're eating?

How safe is the food you're eating?

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 2:35 PM

(WHAS11) -- How much do you know about the food you're ordering at local restaurants? Indiana State Police say some of that food is contaminated before it ever even gets to the restaurant.  Good morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen went on a food enforcement operation with the ISP, the State Department of Health and the FDA.  Our I-Team investigation airs Thursday at 6pm, but here’s a sneak peek at what you see that may turn your stomach.

It’s bad beef, spoiled chicken and foul fish being shipped at temperatures as high as 82 degrees.  Indiana State Trooper Kelly Lazzell says he’s changed his eating habits since they started pulling over trucks in violation. Up until a relatively recent law change in the Hoosier State, police had no authority to cite the drivers caught transporting foul food. They didn’t even have the legal right to confiscate the food. But today it’s an all new ballgame.

This year alone, police stopped 118 trucks. ISP has pulled over 506 trucks in the last five years. In our attached slide show you can see some of the pictures from the 25,510 pounds of food they've tossed. And now, thanks partially to Captain Wayne Andrews’ testimony before Congress; it's the haulers, and not the Department of Health, who pay for the disposal. “This food's going to all of our families, you're favorite Chinese restaurant, your favorite Mexican restaurant; all of these local restaurants that all of us eat at”, said Captain Wayne Andrews.

Thursday on WHAS11 News at 6,  find out how ISP got the law changed in Indiana, and whether there is food transport legislation in Kentucky to keep restaurants on both side of the Ohio River safe.

 

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