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If you’ve eaten from a food truck or cart in Los Angeles County, chew on this:
L.A. County health inspectors often don’t know where specific food trucks and carts can be found, making surprise inspections impossible. Such unannounced inspections are routine for restaurants. Above, food truck vendors in Cerritos in 2011. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)
About 40% of the roughly 3,200 food trucks and carts cooking up meals in the area have never been inspected in the field by health officials since letter grades were introduced three years ago.
And most of the remaining 60% have been checked out only once a year, even though official guidelines call for at least two annual field inspections.
How do I know that? Because Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the county Department of Public Health, told me so. He oversees inspections of all eateries, including mobile ones.