New Castle News


July 3, 2014

Men cited for selling meat without license

NEW CASTLE — Two Ohio men have been cited by New Castle’s health officer for selling food without a retail food license.

The men, who work for Iowa Steak Co. of Stow, Ohio, were attempting to sell meat from a truck last week, according to health officer Patrick McGuire.

McGuire said he initially observed the truck on Mercer Street, where two women told him the men had tried to sell them steaks. He followed the truck and eventually confronted the men — Gordon Oplinger and Tyler Liddle — on English Avenue in Union Township.

“These types of unlicensed sales have become a frequent occurrence in New Castle and the surrounding area,” McGuire said.

The companies hire independent contractors to sell the products, which consist mostly of frozen meats and sometimes other frozen foods such as cheesecakes, he said.

The contractors have to meet a sales quota, he added, and therefore tend to seek higher population and low-income areas because they accept food stamps. They stay for a few hours while allegedly moving around to avoid having to obtain a license and inspection.

“The bottom line is they are here unlicensed and selling a product that has not been locally inspected and potentially a threat to public health and safety,” said Matt Staniszewski, New Castle’s director of community and economic development, which also oversees the city’s health inspection division.

Under the city’s current ordinances, people selling food door to door are exempt from having a background check completed and obtaining a solicitor’s license.

McGuire and Staniszewski are updating ordinances to address those matters.

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