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L.A. County supervisors plan vote on letter grades for food trucks

October 12, 2010 |  7:40 am

Foodtrucks Los Angeles County supervisors are scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on a plan to expand the county's popular letter-grading system for restaurants to mobile food eateries.

The expansion, requested by public health officials, would affect nearly 10,000 vendors countywide.

If the proposal is approved by the county and local city councils, 6,000 full-service catering trucks, selling everything from tacos to Korean barbecue, would start receiving letter grades, as would some 3,500 hot dog, churro, ice cream and fruit carts. Those that aren't complying with county health rules could be shut down.

The proposed ordinance covers almost any truck selling any type of food, including vehicles, food carts,  non-motorized vehicles and "any vehicle from which animal food, bakery products, fish, shellfish, fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, preserves, jelly, relish, milk or other dairy products, food or food products, ice or beverages, whether in bulk, canned, wrapped, bottled, packaged, or any other form, are sold."

If approved by the supervisors, the letter-grading system will go into effect for full-service trucks 30 days after the ordinance passes in unincorporated areas of the county, and in July for limited food stands such as mobile churro vendors.

For it to go into effect in a given city, the city council would have to adopt the letter-grading system for food trucks, which the county would enforce, health officials said.

Read more: A drive to grade food trucks in L.A. County

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Thousands of food lovers attended the first L.A. Street Food Fest in downtown L.A. in February. Credit: Christina House / For The Times