Pennsylvania's Operation Code R.E.D. Inspects 395 Food Trucks

May 14, 2013

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The Pennsylvania State Police announced the results of Operation Code R.E.D. (Refrigerated Enforcement Detail) refrigerator food truck inspection enforcement effort held on April 23.

Operation Code R.E.D. targeted commercial vehicles and large trucks transporting potentially hazardous foods.

"During Operation Code R.E.D., the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Agriculture worked together targeting food trucks to make certain that these trucks and our food are both safe," said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

During the one-day effort, highly trained personnel from the state police and food inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture worked together to inspect 395 food trucks across the state resulting in the issuance of 115 traffic citations and 259 written warnings for driver/vehicle safety violations of the federal motor carrier safety regulations.

In addition, 10 trucks were found to have violated laws pertaining to the safe transportation of food. Seven of those trucks were found with unsanitary cargo areas while three more were transporting potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures.

"According to the United States Department of Agriculture, commercial motor vehicles are used to transport 80% to 90% of all consumer products in the United States, including food. Unfortunately, most efforts aimed at protecting our food supply are focused on the beginning or end of the food chain," said Noonan.

For more information, visit the state police website at


  1. 1. max story [ May 14, 2013 @ 01:02PM ]

    look athe state police report targeting food trucks it is hard enough to hire drivers without all the harasement if you buy a 140 thousand dollar truck 50 thousand trailor dot laws will not let you work but 40% of the time no wounderdrivers are seeking local jobs to advoid the trageting of the dot abd state police they souold allowed to work only 40% OF THE TIME

  2. 2. localnet [ May 14, 2013 @ 01:03PM ]

    Now our food is "hazardous"... I understand about food safety, I used to pull a reefer and have owned two restaurants. But this is getting to the point of absurdity. If you have ever pulled a reefer, most all companies that I worked with put tattletales in your box to monitor temps. if they were off, unacceptable levels, the load in some cases was refused. I think we did a pretty good job of monitoring from the shipper to the receiver, and this was years ago before all of this state of the art equipment that is on the road today.

    And I would like to see the 10 trucks that violated the law? What "law" is that? Hauling ice-cream at 40*?

  3. 3. Jim B [ May 14, 2013 @ 07:36PM ]

    In Indiana, 'Hot Trucks' is a serious problem. Drivers (often Asian and other foreign persons) are hauling mixed loads out of Chicago bound for restaurants around the Midwest. These loads are animal carcasses just laying on top boxes of vegetables for example. Most of these trucks have non-functioning refer units if any at all. Some drivers told police they couldn't afford to run the refer unit. Many of these trucks are operated by illegals with no drivers license, improper or non-existent vehicle registration, and no insurance. Now because of the crackdown on 'Hot Trucks', these drivers are now abandoning large trucks and using mini-vans and cars. The restaurants that are accepting this bad food are not informing their customers the food they are serving them is contaminated or expired. This is a very serious issue and Indiana has stepped up enforcement and locating these rouge drivers and removing them from the road and destroying the food before it hits restaurant tables. Most of these loads originate from the Chicago area. Illinois State Police and Motor Carrier Div, as well as Illinois Health Dept have turned a blind eye toward the illegal operation and refuse to stop it or shut it down. Not a single truck or it's driver is inspected before being loaded. Once these trucks cross over to Indiana, state police and motor carrier inspectors are waiting for them.

  4. 4. doug [ May 14, 2013 @ 08:18PM ]

    it always amazes me, that people, that have never drove truck, or worked in the trucking industry, can go to a class and become experts in the trucking industry.


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