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Health Officials Force Fair Vendors To Throw Out Food

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For many Montanans food is reason enough to spend a day at the Western Montana Fair. That may no longer be the case after the Missoula City-County Health Department forced three commercial vendors to throw away hundreds of pounds of food that went unrefrigerated for days and was starting to spoil.

The three vendors who had to throw out food came from outside the county. They are commercial vendors in the carnival area of the fair, not associated with any local groups. Food inspectors say non-profits did a great job following policy.

All of the booths meet with fair officials to go over a plan review. They go over food and safety issues, and make sure booths have ways to keep food cold, keep meats at proper temps, and have the means to handle food properly.

They say Route 66, Delightful Goodies and the Candy Stand, all vendors with the company running the carnival, were prepared to serve large quantities of foods including chicken, beef, tacos, hot dogs and cheese, which weren't properly refrigerated and had started to grow bacteria.

“They loaded up food in Sidney, Montana Sunday August 3, then drove without active refrigeration, no refrigeration units, and then proceeded to start service late Tuesday, early Wednesday,” said Food Service Inspector Alisha Johnson, with the Missoula City-County Health Department.

The health department will continue inspecting the vendors through the weekend. The Missoula City-County Health Department can be reached at 258-4755.

 

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