Indiana State Police (ISP) have begun cracking down on what they call “hot trucks,” or refrigerated trucks that aren’t being kept at the proper temperature, therefore not keeping the food at a safe temperature.
A new Indiana state law went into effect on July 1, 2012 giving the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the ISP the authority to stop refrigerated trucks and closely inspect the unit and the food’s temperature. If troopers find that the food is not being kept at recommended temperature, they then call in health officials.
The ISP troopers leading the inspections have received additional training.
According to Trucking Info, most of the violations appear to be coming out of Chicago, heading for Indiana, and most of the trucks are headed for Hispanic or Asian-style restaurants.
Since the crack down began, tons of spoiled food has been destroyed.
Violations can cost the trucking company up to $10,000 per citation.