Mother Selling Food On Facebook May Serve Jail Time
By ABC 7
A single mother of six in Northern California is facing potential jail time after selling a bowl of homemade ceviche over social media.
Mariza Reulas was cited by San Joaquin County officials for selling her homemade ceviche, a dish typically made from raw fish which has been cured in citrus juices.
“Somebody would be like, ‘Oh I don’t have anything to trade you, but I would love to buy a plate,'” Reulas said to KTXL.
Last year, the mother was contacted by someone asking to buy a plate of her ceviche.
According to court documents, that person was an undercover investigator on a sting operation from San Joaquin County. Facebook group 209 Food Spot was under investigation because the majority of the group’s members didn’t have permits to sell their food.
Reulas and about a dozen other people from the group were cited with two misdemeanors: one for operating a food facility and the other for engaging in business, both without permits.
“It was just, like unreal, that they were saying you could face up to a year in jail,” she said.
The deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County, Kelly McDaniel, says selling any food not subject to health department inspection puts the people who eat that food in danger. She says it also undercuts business owners who get permits to make their food.
The 209 Food Spot Facebook group was sent a warning before charges were issued, according to McDaniel.