Study: Food Trucks As Safe As Brick-and-Mortar Restaurants

by in News, June 17th, 2014

Food Trucks As Safe As Brick-and-Mortar RestaurantsThere are those who swear by street eats and those who avoid them at all costs. Fans of food trucks and carts may point to the entrepreneurial looseness, the homespun mobility and the availability of exotic international flavors in unexpected places as part of their appeal, while those who eschew them may list those same qualities as reasons for passing them by and getting grub at regular restaurants instead.

But whether you love street food or not, you may find yourself wondering, on occasion, just how safe and sanitary it is. A recent study conducted by the Institute for Justice, a Virginia-based libertarian advocacy organization and law firm, may allay some concern.

The group reviewed 263,395 food-safety inspection reports from seven United States cities in which mobile food sellers are held to the same health and inspection regulations as regular restaurants. And the group determined that in each of those cities — Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — the health and safety records of the food trucks and carts were as good or better than those of brick-and-mortar restaurants.

“The results suggest that the notion that street food is unsafe is a myth,” concludes the Institute for Justice on its website. “They also suggest that the recipe for clean and safe food trucks is simple — inspections.”

The organization argues that bans and limits — beyond regular inspections — are unduly “burdensome” for the vendors, for whom launching a mobile business may be a low-capital, high-return path to entrepreneurship, and don’t do much to make the food they sell safer. Plus, the institute contends, in the age of social media, mobile vendors are just as reliant on positive word of mouth from their customers as restaurants are — and so they are just as unlikely to do anything to jeopardize it. And customers can also often supervise their food being prepared.

Wherever it leads, the conversation is certainly one worth having — perhaps over a taco, fresh from a truck.

More posts from .

Similar Posts

Are These Exotic Veggies Poised to Break Out in 2015?

If your plans for 2015 include eating more vegetables, you don’t have to stick with the same old same old. These exotic veggies are poised for a bre...

Comments (5)

  1. lcsa99 says:

    That's great. Definitely worth knowing, but of course that leaves the question: what cities don't hold the same health department standards for food trucks. Are there any?

  2. SUZ says:

    RESTAURANT TAKE OUT HAS ABOUT THE WORST HOST IN FOOD NETWORK. HE IS FAT AND FAKE AND IS DEFINATELY A RACIST AND THAT ENERGY CAN BE SEEN ON THE EPISODE AIRED JUNE 17 2012. FOOD NETWORK SHOULD FIRE HIM. HE IS DEFINATELY A JERK.

  3. SUZ says:

    RESTAURANT TAKE OUT SHOWING RACISM FOR COMMENT ABOVE EPISODE AIRDED JUNE 17 2014 NOT 2012. MANAGERS OF FOOD NETWORK SHOULD WORK ON IT. GROWN MEN CALLING A YOUNG BLACK MAN NAMES LIKE A DOG SHOULD NOT BE AIRED ON TV PERIOD. THE ASSISTANT MANAGER WAS JUST AS GUILTY IF NOT MORE. IF PAULA DEENS SHOW WAS CANCELLED THEN SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT THIS GUY TOO IF FOOD NETWORK DOES NOT TOLERATE VERBAL ABUSE.

  4. Holograms says:

    I'm still acquirements from you, while I'm aggravating to ability my goals. I in fact adore account all that is acquaint on your site. Accumulate the posts coming. I in fact acknowledge every individual abstraction that you acquire acquaint on your site.

  5. Medical Spa says:

    Your such a advantageous one to accept this allowance bassinet of knowledge. Accumulate it up !!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>