GUILFORD -- A Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was conducting a Commercial Vehicle Safety Check Point on I-91 northbound in Guilford when inspectors discovered a truck transporting food with an inoperative refrigeration unit. Because the refrigeration unit wasn't working, the truck was not maintaining food products at a safe temperature.
Utilizing a new department issued laser temperature sensor gun, DMV Inspector Jason O'Brian noted the interior of the cargo box registered 69 degrees Fahrenheit. The mixed load of food was clearly marked indicating the products should be kept at refrigerated temperatures.
The Vermont Department of Health was contacted, and a public health sanitarian responded to the scene and confirmed the inspector's observations. As a result, Tam's Trading Company was required to destroy 33 boxes of vegetables, eggs and other food items weighing approximately 600 pounds, which had been scheduled for delivery to restaurants in Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, and the Keene, N.H., area.
Tam's Trading Company was previously stopped by DMV on Aug. 9, 2011, during a Commercial Vehicle Safety Check Point on I-91 northbound in Springfield. Twenty containers of food products requiring refrigeration had to be removed from the truck because they exceeded the maximum temperature range for the product. In addition, a 50-pound bag of sugar was also removed because it was opened and exposed to the environment.