Several Calgary food trucks face health violations
75 per cent of the food truck fleet had at least one critical health violation
Posted: Oct 31, 2012 4:48 PM MT
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2012 4:46 PM MT
Food inspections by Alberta Health Services show that most food trucks that have been operating in Calgary in the past year have recorded violations.
The report found 75 per cent of the food truck fleet had at least one critical health violation.
Some of those violations include freezers that weren’t cold enough, lack of hand sanitizer and gasoline being stored near food.
Health inspectors found whole limes stored in an old raw meat box in the Los Comprades truck.
Owner Raul Serrano says he planned on throwing them out.
“I don't want someone to get like a stomach ache because of a stupid thing ... in my truck. I am always doing my best thing to keep it clean,” Serrano said.
Some other food truck owners like Aman Adatia, who runs the Naaco Truck and is part of YYC Food Trucks, say their businesses meet the same standards as other restaurants.
No worse than restaurants, says one truck owner
His food truck has had no health violations.
“All these violations that we quote-on-quote have are usually corrected immediately and if they are not ... you are shut down,” Adatia says.
He also says conditions in food trucks are not worse than any local restaurant.
“If I notice that my refrigeration temperature is off and AHS were to walk in and I was still serving food even though I knew of the problem, I cannot sleep at night by getting somebody sick,” Adatia said.
“So every food truck owner, every restaurant owner, whether they be brick and mortar or on wheels, is accountable for what it is they do.”
AHS says nobody has reported being ill from eating at a food truck and no food truck has been shut down because of health violations, but the health agency still says customers should be cautious at any restaurant.
For a full list of restaurant health violations click here.
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