Food trucks and mobile vendors face tougher sanitary codes
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RALEIGH--How clean is your favorite food truck? You could soon know the answer.
The North Carolina Commission for Public Health could pass new rules requiring mobile food vendors to post sanitation grade cards. Vendor Laura Bonilla says it's a move that stems from misperceptions.
"Food trucks have had a reputation as being roach coaches, and certainly that view has shifted tremendously in the masses," Bonilla said.
Bonilla owns Big City Sandwiches. She said she moved to Durham from Connecticut because of the food truck-friendly atmosphere. For her, the rules won't be a problem.
"I'm certainly going to strive for a 100 during my food inspection," Bonilla said.
Other food truck owners we caught up with like the recipe for change, but also see the challenges.
"It's hard enough for our customers to track us down sometimes, let alone have city officials try and track down 40 trucks in just one city," food truck owner David Filippini said.
The new grade cards would be similar to those you find in traditional restaurants. The card would have a number score on a 100 point scale and a matching letter grade. Customers we caught up with like the idea.
"It'll definitely probably help the food truck industry because it sometimes have that stigma of being less than restaurant quality," customer Robert Weldon said.
Bonilla says it doesn't matter whether you're serving food from a truck or a restaurant, the same rules should apply to everyone.
"I don't take any issue to that at all. I think it's imperative that all of us abide by the strictest health code law possible so we can serve healthy, clean product to the masses," Bonilla said.