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by Louie b. Free   | 347 entries

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YES !!!!! I admit it, PROUDLY, i AM 
Chī dòufu   (tofu eater)     and/ or 
Dòufu rén (tofu man)
I LOVE vegan Asian  food! In this area, we have a nice variety of delicious, delectable delights, from   Golden Hunan's Thai curries (red, green,  Penang  and Massaman...I LOVE them ALL) to  Shangri La's  steamed tofu and broccoli with ginger/garlic sauce, wasabi and Sriracha, Hose of China's stir fried bean sprouts with ginger and onions, tofu, mushrooms and water chestnuts and   SO much MORE !!!! ....mmmmmmmm!!!!!
These independent restaurants  are owned by our neighbours and friends - owned by independent businesswomen and men IN OUR community. Hard working folks that rent from us, buy homes from us, shop in our stores and stores where we work, their kids go to school and play with our kids,  they purchase our services...these are VERY hardworking people that are integral parts of our community.... and, unlike the chain restaurants, their profits circulate in our community .

The problem: there's been some recent misdirected news stories that have, wrongly, hurt these restaurants - hurt OUR local entrepreneurs.
So, how/why did this happen?
Well,  Instead of quoting other news sources, I  called the Ohio Department of Agriculture : 

(I sincerely appreciate the quick response from  Ashley McDonald

Ohio Department of Agriculture)

Below is a brief synopsis:


On May 28, Pennsylvania State Police pulled over a vehicle owned by New Sheng Hung Co. out of Cleveland. Police called the Pennsylvania Department of Ag (PDA) to investigate when they found the truck was carrying meat, fish, vegetables and some non-perishable items, but had a refrigeration unit that was not working. When PDA arrived, they determined the food was not at a proper internal temperature and the products were destroyed. The vehicle had not yet delivered to any PA restaurants, but had already provided goods to 7 restaurants in the Youngstown area. PDA notified the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) on 5/29 and ODA in turn reached out to the Mahoning Local Health, so they could notify those restaurants who had received deliveries. ODA then went out to the New Sheng Hung facility on 5/30 to inspect their facility and other vehicles. It was determined during that inspection that the facility had 7 vehicles that were not being cleaned properly and that did not have working fridge units. Those 7 trucks were ordered to deliver no food until they were cleaned and had working refrigeration.


Currently, New Sheng has 1 vehicle that has been repaired and is making deliveries of refrigerated food. They also rented three other vehicles with proper coolers that have been approved by ODA. Their other 6 vehicles have been cleaned and were cleared on Monday to transport items that do not require temp control.  They are still under order not to move refrigerated product with those 6 vehicles until the cooling units are fixed.


There were no issues with the facility itself when ODA inspectors visited on 5/30, but we have had issues with this company previously over the operation of their facility (mostly sanitation). The department has worked with them over the last several years to come into compliance, but our concerns were not being addressed quickly enough and we began active litigation with the company in February 2014. An injunction was approved by the Cleveland courts this week, meaning that if there is another incident with the facility, we can take New Sheng directly to court without waiting the required 10 days to allow them to come into compliance.

Although, the 'bad guys' are New Sheng Hung Co, AND  the failure of ODA to pursue issues at New Sheng Hung (since  June  2013,  inspectors were back, eight times to New Sheng Hung , mostly for repeat issues)  it's our  local restaurateurs  who are paying the price.

If you can, when you're hungry, patronize our friends and neighbours who are bringing these wonderful cuisines to 'the Mahoning  Valley'. We need  them here:  locally owned, independent restaurants.

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