From: XXXXXXXXXX [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2011 10:05 AM
To: Steve Lackmeyer
Subject: Innaugural Food Event on Friday Night
Just to be accurate there were also many issues involving food safety with the taco trucks. One truck had no electrical power hence no way to keep any of its food refrigerated. The second truck lacked proper refrigeration and food was being held at temperatures which would quickly contribute to a foodborne illness. Licenses and electrical problem surely were problems, but the more serious problem was the lack of proper food safety by the coordinator of the event and the people operating the food outlets. The event coordinator never contacted the Oklahoma City Licensing division, ABLE Commission or the health department to see what was needed to sponsor such an event. While I sympathize with the people who showed up for a festival, I believe the event should be done in a responsible manner that does not endanger the health of the people who consume food at the event.
Senior Environmental Specialist
and a member of one of the teams that asked one of the taco wagons to exit and return to their restaurant
I’m getting conflicting information on this matter. The organizers say the trucks did provide copies of their licenses and that they did talk to the licensing division and were told they had taken proper steps.
What puzzles me is how you guys decided a raid at night, instead of a phone call on Friday morning, was the more appropriate action on this matter. Mr. Bailey said your team were acting in response to my story. The phone numbers to Elemental Coffee, J.D. Merryweather at Coop Ale and Jonathan Stranger at Ludivine are all listed in the phone book.
Is this not an attempt at theatrics over a more mature but less dramatic alternative of making a phone call instead? The fact that Mr. Bailey indicated that The Oklahoman was invited to accompany this virtual strike force makes me question further the conduct of this action. (NOTE: This invite was news to me; no such reporter or photographer was present other than me, and I showed up not knowing this was happening).
- Steve Lackmeyer