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IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2807: Who Is Serving Us? Food Safety Rules Compliance Among Brazilian Food Truck Vendors

10 Dec 2018

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2807: Who Is Serving Us? Food Safety Rules Compliance Among Brazilian Food Truck Vendors

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122807

Authors:
Lígia Isoni Auad
Verônica Cortez Ginani
Eliana dos Santos Leandro
Aline Costa Santos Nunes
Luiz Roberto Pires Domingues Junior
Renata Puppin Zandonadi

The rise of food trucks as an eating out option requires knowledge of this sector. Balancing the reality of the food truck sector with access to safe food should guide actions and public policies to cater to its peculiarities. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize the Brazilian food truck vendors’ profile regarding their socioeconomic status and compliance with food safety rules. From the 118 food truck vendors registered in the Brazilian Federal District, 30% (n = 35) participated in the study. We conducted structured interviews from December 2017 to April 2018. We ranked compliance levels according to a five-point Likert scale based on calculated compliance scores. The interviews revealed that food truck vendors were mostly married males, who had completed at least a tertiary education level, and wanted to start up their own businesses. The compliance levels depict good compliance with food safety rules (overall compliance (OC)-score = 0.69, on a 0 to 1 scale). The food trucks assessed in this study distinguished themselves from the street food and food retail sectors due to their operational structure and the complexity of food production processes. Those particular features should be considered to ensure adequate and effective sanitary control and inspections, as well as to reduce the probability of microbial growth and food contamination and the consequent risk of foodborne illnesses.

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