Are food trucks as safe as eating at a regular, sit-down restaurant? One recent study says they are, and in some cases, even safer.
A recent study by the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm based in Virginia, found food trucks in Los Angeles to be as statistically safe as restaurants in the city.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health provided information from 45,611 inspections of food trucks, carts and restaurants that took place between 2009 and July 2012. According to the data, food trucks, mobile carts and hot dog stands received fewer violations than restaurants. Trucks averaged 3.6 violations; restaurants averaged 7.8.
But according to Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the county Department of Public Health, around 40% of L.A.'s food trucks and carts have never been inspected in the field by health officials, reported The Times' David Lazarus earlier this year.
If you're wondering about your next food truck excursion, you can look up inspection information for some L.A trucks on the county's public health food facility rating page.