Shut Down Carrier Triggers Cheese Probe

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Well, you don’t hear this every day: a routine shut down of a non-compliant carrier triggered an FDA investigation into a conspiracy to make ricotta cheese out of condemned milk. Yeah, we didn’t see that one coming either.

It began fairly normally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration caught D.A. Landis Trucking with some hours of service violations. During the investigation it turned out that Landis were falsifying log books and had even gone so far as to give drivers false logs to hide their violations. (Investigators found them easy to spot as the company had marked them “Not for DOT”.)

During the investigation, however, inspectors found a more bizarre violation. During a period between 2007 and 2009, Landis was hauling milk for 700 different dairy farms. At least 20 times, the company hauled loads of condemned milk — milk that had too high of a level of anitbiotics to be safe for human consumption. The drivers were supposed to dump the milk at a local manure pit, however, company owner Dean Landis ordered the drivers back to the trucking yard instead. From there, the milk was pumped into another truck and sent off to the Lebanon Cheese Company in Lebanon, NJ... Continue reading.