Same difference

15 Oct 2010

Proposals to tighten health code standards for carts and trucks in LA has got some people wondering whether street food vendors should be held to the same health standards as restaurants. Well, guess what? In New York, they already are!  While letter grades have yet to happen here (they’ve been proposed) the same health code applies to vendors as restaurants. Vendors get inspected, just like restaurants, and get tickets for the same things – food at the wrong temperature, bare hand contact, etc.  Vendors get shut down if they have serious violations. Even the penalties are the same – meaning the peanut vendor who makes $100 a day has to pay the same fine as Smith & Wollensky, which had sales of $25 million last year. Where’s the fairness in that?

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