Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Health Grades for Food Trucks & Carts Gets Final Approval

Our June member drive is live: protect this resource!
Right now, we need your help during our short June member drive to keep the local news you read here every day going. This has been a challenging year, but with your help, we can get one step closer to closing our budget gap. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership.

Photo by Alex de Cordoba via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr

Photo by Alex de Cordoba via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
It's official. Food trucks in L.A. County will have to go through twice-yearly inspections and display the resulting health grade just like restaurants do, thanks to the approval of an ordinance today the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. The law will go into effect in 30 days, but don't expect "A's," "B's" and "C's" clinging to the windows of food trucks and carts right then. First, two things have to happen: one, each of the 88 cities must follow suit and adopt the ordinance to make it enforceable within their jurisdiction; and two, it's going to take awhile, maybe up to two years, to inspect and grade the approximately 3,200 food trucks and 2,800 food carts.

The ordinance also establishes an annual certification inspection for food equipment and will require owners to detail the whereabouts of their mobile eatery, including "the arrival, departure and exact location... where the retail food business is being conducted," according to the county's summary (.pdf) of the ordinance.

Many food truck operators find this welcoming news. "We want the grading system to work out," explained Matt Geller of the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association, which represents more than 90 trucks. As for informing the county of all their locations, even if spontaneous, Geller wasn't concerned. "They are not going to make it so stringent so it's impossible," he said, noting food truck operators have been working with health inspectors to make the ordinance workable.

Most Read