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July 1, 2014

Food vendors must post license

NEW CASTLE — Businesses that have a retail food license are required to post it all times, according to New Castle’s health officer.

Patrick McGuire said the public should always ask to see the license of anyone selling food to ensure the health and safety of those consuming it.

“All licensed businesses must only purchase the food from approved licensed vendors and are responsible to receive that food in a good and wholesome condition at the proper temperature,” according to a press release issued by McGuire and Matt Staniszewski, city community and economic development director.

McGuire said people also are going door-to-door selling meat and other food items. These people are gaining entry to people’s home and should be subject to a background check and licensing, he said.

McGuire and Staniszewski are drafting an ordinance to address transient mobile vendors and door-to-door solicitors. The ordinance is expected to be ready for introduction by city council July 24.

To file a complaint or obtain a license within New Castle, call (724) 656-3509. All information is confidential.

For locations outside the city of New Castle, call the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in Gibsonia at (724) 443-1585.

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