KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A door-to-door meat company that the FOX 4 Problem Solvers warned you about is now in serious trouble with the Kansas City Health Department.
We've been doing stories about problems with this company for more than year. This month Kansas City's health department decided to pay it a surprise visit, but was refused entry.
In fact, the health department's reception was a lot like the one we got when we paid a visit to the company, which is now operating under the name ‘Direct Foods.’ Last year it was ‘Ur Local Butcher.’ Before that it was ‘Ranchhouse Meats.’
But hey no matter what the name, you can't bar the health department from entry, or you will be shut down. The Kansas City Health Department tells us it is now in the process of suspending the company's license to sell food.
Meanwhile more complaints keep coming in. Mom Ashley Shamblin called FOX 4 Problem Solvers after her food stamps card was charged $700 for a $350 order, leaving her with almost no money to feed a family of nine.
When she complained, the owner of the company, Rodney Creighton reimbursed her the money, but the very next month:
“Again on May 13 they withdrew $489 on my card again and a $12 voice transaction,” she said.
She said this happened even though she hadn't bought anything from the company. This time when she called to complain:
“I have been calling, leaving messages. So far, no returned phone calls. I contacted the food stamps office, the USDA and the police,” she said.
But so far, she hasn't heard a word. In the past Creighton has blamed any problems he's had on the occasional bad employee. But public records show Creighton owes tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes to multiple states. Also, FOX 4 Problem Solvers could find none of the permits required to do business in Missouri.
If you are contacted by anyone selling for ‘Direct Foods,’ the Kansas City Health Department would like to hear from you. You can call the city's 311 hotline if you want to file a report.