GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The start of ArtPrize 2013 has brought with it food trucks and carts to downtown Grand Rapids. They make it easy to catch a bite, but how do you know if what you're eating is safe?
All food vendors serving at ArtPrize must be either licensed by the city or have credentials from ArtPrize.
The food carts have a bright orange sticker issued by the city to show they are licensed.
Food trucks have licenses posted inside and vendor operators should have ArtPrize badges around their necks. That means they have been inspected by the Kent County Health Department.
All registered trucks are randomly inspected twice a year. The inspections check several things -- proper cold holding temperatures, hot holding, ensuring staff are properly washing their hands, etc.
A check can take anywhere from a half an hour up to two hours.
"We are trained like any other restaurant," Guy Ferry, the owner of food truck Pig Out, Dine Out, said.
The man who supervises the inspection said the trucks are clean enough that he would feel comfortable eating out of one.
"I'm not really ever downtown where I'm faced with one, but I would if the opportunity arose," Shane Green of the Kent County Health Department said.
Many food truck workers don't wear the badges because they get in the way, but they should have them. Anyone with concerns can ask to see the badge or license.
The city is checking for unlicensed vendors throughout the event and shutting them down. If vendors are caught selling without a credentials, they could face a fine up to $500 or 90 days in jail.
The health department says it is uncommon for the vendors to have health code violations.
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