Setting the Record Straight: Food Trucks Are Inspected by the Health Department (UPDATED)
Jim Heins of Latin Burger: The truck has a clean bill of health.
Today's Sun-Sentinel features an article citing some concerns over whether food trucks are a safe place to eat. The article said that in 30 health inspections, no rats or roaches were found, but that in itself is interesting wording -- sort of like saying that no vampires or wolverines were turned up at a routine inspection of a local Applebee's.
The article did state that local food truck Latin Burger had not been inspected, according to Department of Business and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Beth Frady.
We called Latin Burger owner Jim Heins, who was on his way to the airport (to take a vacation, not to run from the health department, by the way). He hadn't seen the article, so we read it to him.
He said that Latin Burger has had two inspections by the State of
Florida -- one before Latin Burger was allowed to start operating on the
streets of Florida and again on September 27, 2010, for its random annual
inspection. Heins also noted that there are weekly inspections at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Heins invited us to look up his truck's inspection (it's listed under LB Restaurants). We did, and it looks like Latin Burger has a clean bill of health.
Food trucks operating in Florida have to submit to the same regulations
and rules for cleanliness and safe food handling as brick-and-mortar
restaurants. In fact, ask any food-truck owner/operator and he'll be
happy to bend your ear on how clean his prep kitchen and truck
kitchen are. And we've never seen a rat, roach, or wolverine at any
food truck rally... though we suspect there were a few vampires out last
Update: Because of inclement weather, the Seminole food truck roundup has been cancelled for tonight.
If you want to see for yourself, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
is holding a food-truck rally today from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Trucks
include B.C. Tacos, Big Kahuna, Che Grill, CheeseMe, Churro Mania,
Daddy's Grill, Dim Ssäm á GoGo, Dog Eat dog, Dolci Peccati, the Fish
Box, the Flying Saucer, the Frita Man, gastroPod, Greek Brothers (from
Tampa), Guiseppe's Italian Sausage, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill,
Mangia Mia, Miso Hungry, Mr. Good Stuff, Moty's Grill, Ms. Cheezious,
Nacho Mama's, Purple People Eatery, Red Koi, Rolling Stove, Sugar Rush,
Wicked Wiches (from Tampa), and Yellow Submarine.
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