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County wants public’s help with ‘Safe Eats on Kern Streets’

A program launched Monday by the Kern County Public Health Services seeks to reduce foodborne illnesses associated with food trucks and street vendors while encouraging the public to report sellers who don’t have proper permits. Based in Bakersfield, CA, the county’s public health department kicked off the “Safe Eats in Kern Streets” campaign Monday. Public… Continue Reading

Food trucks with good food safety records hard to find in LA County

Food trucks in Los Angeles County are having a harder time than obtaining an “A” grade in restaurant inspections than brick and mortar locations or sometimes even sidewalk food carts. Those are among the findings of a LA Times review of restaurant inspection data for the largest county in the United States. The ten million… Continue Reading

Retailers, even those on wheels, can take steps to prevent contamination

Chef Roy Choi eight years ago moved on to the mean streets of Los Angeles looking for customers in his Kogi Korean BBQ truck. In his rear window came a never-ending parade of food trucks that would revolutionize street food, seemingly overnight. By 2008 when Kogi Korean BBQ set the new standard, street vending of… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The universal truth of gloves

Opinion

If you live Kansas City, you make it a point to know where your gloves are in February, even when a freakishly mild winter hands you a 73-degree Saturday like it did yesterday. I used to think the benefits of gloves were one of those universal truths that could in no way be misunderstood —… Continue Reading

Update: 9 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case in Seattle E. Coli Outbreak

Update: The E. coli O157 outbreak in the Seattle area linked to Mexican food served at farmers markets and from food trucks is now at nine confirmed and one probable case, according to King County Public Health. The source of the problem has not yet been found. Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for the department, told Food… Continue Reading

Food Safety on Food Trucks Called ‘A Little More of a Challenge’

It can take more to ensure that food is safe on a food truck than at a brick-and-mortar restaurant, says Bob Kramer, a registered sanitarian who provides training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs. Kramer is the director of food safety and food services for a microlender in Ohio called the Economic and Community Development Institute… Continue Reading

Study: Dining From Food Carts Just as Safe as Restaurants

Nobody can say the food cart movement has had it easy with state and local regulators and opposition from owners of brick-and-mortar restaurants. However, it’s been hard enough that a civil liberties law firm has taken up their cause by checking the “rap sheets” that food carts and trucks have complied. While their opponents might… Continue Reading

India to Implement Standards for Street Food

For the first time, street food vendors in India will soon be required to meet a set of sanitation regulations, announced the government Tuesday. Street food is a popular option in India because it’s convenient and cheaper than offerings at hotels and restaurants.  But at the majority of stands it’s also unsafe. One study found that,… Continue Reading

Lawmaker Would Close California Schoolyards to Food Trucks

For the former law professor who came up with the idea, it just moves around some pieces on the board in the name of fighting childhood obesity.  But for California’s fledgling food truck industry, it’s going to pack the punch of an earthquake. And everyone agrees, it’s new territory. Food trucks have had to carve… Continue Reading