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Letter Grades for Food Trucks? County Supervisors Vote Today

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A vote is set for this afternoon by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to decide if the current letter grading system for restaurants should be expanded to include food trucks, according to LA Now.As proposed, the ordinance would cover pretty much all mobile food, whether it is for people or animals, a cart or a truck or any other vehicle, and those serving any kind of food or beverage item. Inspections would establish a grade which the vehicle operators would have to display, and surprise re-inspections would occur to see if standards are being met.

Initially proposed in September, the ordinance has the support of many in the food truck biz, including The SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association, who see the letter grades as a positive step for the industry, and a way to help consumers make more informed decisions. If approved, the ordinance could go into effect 30 days from now in unincorporated areas of the county, next summer for "limited food stands." However, within cities located in the county, each city council will have to create and adopt a letter grade system which the county will in turn enforce.