HOUSTON, TX – We have heard about the imaginary 5-second rule where food is still good to eat after it hits the ground, but you wouldn’t want that practice to be employed in a restaurant. There’s a new study done by the Institute of Justice called “Street Eats, Safe Eats” which can change the myth that food trucks are unclean.
Jimmy Ruckman, owner of Breakfast Burrito’s, says “Yeah, there’s that connotation that it’s a roach coach and we’re all just dirty.”
The study finds that mobile vendors (food trucks and food carts) have safer food conditions than those found in regular brick and mortar restaurants. The research focused on 260,000 food-safety inspection reports in seven different cities. Those cities being Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, and Washington D.C. The results showed that in six of the seven cities that mobile vendors had less violations. Food truck owners know first hand the hoops they’re made to jump through.
Ruckman says, “What we also have that restaurants don’t have is a yearly re-inspection. We actually have to take our units to the health department, wait in line and get re-inspected and make sure that everything is still within code.”
Nicole Jordan likes food from food trucks and says, “Because of the standards they have to go through on a daily basis as far as permitting and those kinds of things, I think that they really do have a higher quality of standard.”
Tomas Quass, another food truck fan, says, “Those who operate food trucks take a little more care because if one thing goes wrong they can lose their livelihood.”
This information might make you scratch your head and think twice on where the best place to grab a piece to eat may be.