2012-05-31


Temporary Food Vendors Must be Permitted by Health Dept.

Unlicensed Vendors Pose Health Risk by Avoiding Food Safety Inspections

The Allegheny County Health Department is reminding vendors selling food and beverages from mobile carts or stands on sidewalks, in parking lots or at any other temporary location that operating without a permit violates food safety regulations.

The Health Department recently ordered a mobile vendor in the Strip District closed for operating without a permit and having other serious food safety violations, including foods at unsafe temperatures, inadequate facilities for maintaining safe temperatures, no means of sanitizing and no hand sanitizer.

Temporary vendors are subject to the same food safety requirements as a fixed food facility and must be approved and inspected by the Health Department.

Unlicensed vendors pose a health risk because if they aren’t inspected there is no assurance that food is being prepared and handled in a safe and sanitary manner.

Such vendors operate under the radar and often escape inspection by the Health Department until something goes wrong and leads to a food poisoning outbreak.

Health officials also remind those planning to use a caterer for a graduation party, wedding or other special occasion this summer to play it safe and make sure the caterer has a permit.  Check with the Health Department by calling 412-687-ACHD.