ECHO PARK — The L.A Times reports that food trucks fared worse when it comes to health safety compared to brick-and-mortar restaurants based on the county health department’s grading system. Food trucks were even less likely to earn an “A” grade than food carts. But do those A, B and C grades that are posted on windows make much of a difference to food truck fans? Apparently so, according to an employee of Tacos Ariza, the taco truck that seems perpetually parked on Logan Street near Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.
After an inspection in early March, health inspectors gave the truck a “C” grade for 16 violations ranging from workers who failed to wash their hands and food prep surfaces that were not kept “safe and unadulterated. ” Isabel Ariza told the Times that business dropped after the “C” was posted. But she noted that it’s tough to meet health regulations given the small spaces and limitations of a truck:
“It’s not as simple as it seems,” Ariza said. “It’s hard to keep everything in one compact space. They really expect a lot from us. We try our best to be prepared but [inspectors] always try to find something. It’s hard to get an A grade.”
Business has improved, however, since the truck’s grade was raised to a “B” after a follow-up inspection in late March.
How does your favorite truck or restaurant rate with county health inspectors? Click here to search the county’s inspection results.
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