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Food Trucks: Are They Clean Enough to Serve Guests?

A recent story in the Los Angeles Times should make event organizers double-check the sanitation rating of the trucks that are serving their guests:

Food trucks are trendy, food trucks are hip. But are they clean enough for you to feature at your next special event? A recent story in the Los Angeles Times should make event organizers double-check the sanitation rating of the trucks that are serving their guests:

It’s a daily culinary performance that plays out across Los Angeles: Top food truck chefs whipping up gourmet meals in spaces no bigger than a restaurant’s stockroom or walk-in freezer.

But even as the trucks have become a popular staple of the local food scene, with Twitter followers and long queues, they have been lagging behind restaurants and even sidewalk food carts in one important category -- health safety, a Times data analysis found.

About 27 percent of food trucks earned lower than A grades over the last two years, according to a Times review of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health data. By comparison, slightly less than 5 percent of brick-and-mortar restaurants and about 18 percent of food carts fell below that mark.—Los Angeles Times

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