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Food truck safety comparison to restaurants reveals surprising results

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A new study has compared food truck safety to restaurants, and researchers have discovered surprising results. The data, published by the Institute for Justice, reveals that some food trucks are cleaner and safer than restaurants in cities. Since the study focused on food trucks that have to follow the same standards as local restaurants, the results have shocked some consumers.

Food trucks meet safety guidelines

The researchers point out that some people are afraid to eat from food trucks they see on the streets because of concerns about safety and sanitation. However, their study reveals that food trucks in certain cities must meet health standards that are similar to the ones set for restaurants, and consumers should not be afraid to try the food.

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The study was limited to Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville and Seattle, but the researchers looked at more than 260,000 reports. They discovered that inspections are a simple way of maintaining high health standards for both food trucks and restaurants in cities.

Food trucks vs. restaurants

Inspections found that food trucks were actually safer than many restaurants in most of the cities included in the study. In other cases, the trucks were ranked on the same level as restaurants. The researchers mention that consumers should not hesitate to eat from food trucks because they must meet similar health codes. In addition, in many cases, they can actually see their selected items being prepared as they wait near the truck.

Although concerns about food poisoning may never fade completely, researchers do not want people to let fear rule their culinary choices. They point to the power of social media and other websites to quickly spread information about unsanitary conditions at a food establishment, so consumers should pay attention to the conversations surrounding businesses.

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