PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Food trucks are chic, trendy and cheap. And they’re rolling into Pittsburgh where millennials are enjoying sushi, Indian food, Middle Eastern cuisine, even mac and cheese.
At a recent food truck roundup in Braddock, Mara Letterle raved about the phenomenon.
“I’m personally addicted to going to food trucks and eating street food. It’s the best thing that’s happened to Pittsburgh,” she said.
But just how safe are these trucks? They feed hundreds of people with a kitchen that’s a fraction of the size of yours.
A recent investigation by KDKA’s Paul Martino found that the trucks have a hard time keeping foods at healthy temperatures. For the Allegheny County Health Department, it’s a danger.
Food Safey expert Donna Sharding of the Health department says the food needs to be properly heated.
“So we don’t have bacterial growth and illness. It prevents the growth (of bacteria),” she said.
Last year, the health department closed down two trucks.
While food trucks have trouble keep proper temperatures, Martino’s previous investigations found that fixed location restaurants can have similar problems.
Look up the health inspection report on your favorite food truck here.