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Food Trucks Vs. Restaurants: Which Are Cleaner?

A new study found that food trucks in seven American cities scored as well or better on food safety inspections than restaurants.

Fear the food truck is less sanitary than a regular restaurant? Let the records show it isn't so.

Which has a better sanitation rating — traditional bricks-and-mortar restaurants or food trucks?

A new study by the public-interest firm, Institute for Justice, poured through 260,000 food safety inspection records in seven cities to discover that food trucks either scored as well or better than restaurants in their respective cities.

Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C were all part of the study. The only city whose restaurants rated as well as its food trucks was Seattle.

In Los Angeles, for example, records examined between 2009 and July 2012 showed food trucks averaged 3.6 violations while restaurants averaged 7.8.

Institute of Justice opposes stricter regulation on food trucks than on regular restaurants. In their study, they point out that the persistent myth that food trucks are less sanitary are just that — myths.

Read More:

  • Study: Food Trucks May Be Safer Than Restaurants (TIME)
  • L.A. food trucks vs. restaurants: Which is a safer bet? (Los Angeles Times)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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