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Food Truck Safety

at 11:30AM, Friday- May 24th, 2019 by Food Truck Spaces

 

The food truck industry has grown year over year with popular demand. With the increase of food trucks on the road, regulations have also amped up. Food trucks are regulated on a national and local level. Regulations cover health and fire safety standards. Food trucks are sometimes under more scrutiny than a brick and mortar restaurant. With an increase in regulations and government departments not communicating, the cost to operate a food truck has gone up drastically.

If your concerns are health and sanitization of food coming from a food truck,  always look for their health medallion or permit posted on their truck. Food trucks typically have to go through an annual renewal for their health medallion. This means their entire truck goes through the local Health and Human Services Department for review. Every aspect of the truck is inspected, including their floor plans. The department analyzes the truck for both cleanliness and buildout code. Grease traps and air vents are also inspected thoroughly. Everything must be clean, working in proper conditions and built up to the current regulatory codes.

In tandem with the health department renewals, is the fire marshal review, which also needs to be done yearly. Food truck fire prevention is regulated by national and state departments for the safety of the public. Every year a food truck must bring their truck to a fire marshal for inspection of wiring, buildout, and propane review. If they pass, they receive their propane permit with a project number. On top of their annual review, their documents and truck undergo review for every major event in densely populated areas.

For example, if there is an event downtown or in the medical center (both highly populated areas) and a food truck is booked, extra permits may need to be attained. Food trucks booked at these populated events must submit all their current permits and blueprints of their truck for a fire inspector to review. Upon review of the event, other permits may be required, such as a fire marshal standby permits. A fire marshal standby permit allows an event to have a fire marshal on standby to further inspect trucks on the day of the event. Furthermore, propane tanks are usually limited to 60lbs during these events.

With all the permits and regulations in place, food trucks are considered quite safe to eat from and be around.

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