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July 1, 2014

Vendor cited for selling spoiled sausage

NEW CASTLE — A vendor has been cited for selling spoiled sausage and producing it an unlicensed facility.

New Castle health officer Patrick McGuire has revoked the license of William DeFelice to operate a concession trailer at 1130 Butler Ave. “due to the imminent health risks the business had exposed to the public,” according to a press release issued Monday.

The release was issued by McGuire and Matt Stanizewski, the city’s community and economic development director.

Acting on a complaint, McGuire conducted an inspection at Billy D’s Concessions on Butler Avenue Friday and discovered that sausage being sold to the public had not been purchased from an approved source and was spoiled.

DeFelice was producing sausage in his basement without a license, “in unsanitary conditions and selling it to the public” at both his concession stand and via the Internet, the city officials noted.

McGuire confirmed the sale of sausage at both locations and contacted the U.S. Department of Agriculture field inspection office and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regional office for assistance, because multiple jurisdictions are involved.

The USDA and McGuire inspected the trailer and found the sausage, which was spoiled, he said. DeFelice admitted he had produced 14 pounds of the sausage and taken it to the concession trailer 20 days prior, on June 9, according to McGuire. Prior to the inspection, 12 1/2 pounds of the sausage had been sold, McGuire said. No sausage was sold since the complaint was filed June 25, he added.

According to McGuire, DeFelice agreed to allow state and federal inspectors to inspect his home at 2009 Tony St., where he had produced the sausage in his basement.

McGuire, who accompanied the inspectors, described conditions at DeFelice’s home as “unsanitary.” McGuire and the state and federal inspectors noted “the ceiling had cob webs and dirt hanging above the tables and grinder, the cooler had meat encased in mold and smelled bad, and the grinder had old meat and rust in it.”

The press release states DeFelice admitted he did not have a retail food license for his home and admitted he had been told previously by the state department of agriculture not to produce sausage.

DeFelice had not been licensed by the state for at least three years to operate a trailer in Shenango Township, the press release said.

The matter is being investigated further, officials said, and additional actions by the city, state and federal agencies are pending.

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