Study: Food carts more sanitary than restaurants

Food carts open for business in downtown Portland. (KOIN 6 File)
Food carts open for business in downtown Portland. (KOIN 6 File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — If you want to stay healthy when eating out, you may want to stop by more of Portland’s food carts.

A new study done by a non-profit law firm called the Institute for Justice analyzed more than 260,000 food-safety inspection reports from seven American cities, including Seattle.

The study found that food trucks and carts received just as many or fewer health and safety violations than restaurants.

The authors of the study said they conducted it to prove food carts and trucks are safe.

According to the study’s authors, the results also suggested that the recipe for clean and safe food trucks is simple: inspections.

More burdensome regulations proposed in the name of food safety, such as outright bans and limits on when and where mobile vendors may work, do not make street food safer – they just make it harder to get, the authors claimed.

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