Ordinance proposes new inspections for food carts

Multnomah County

Currently, there are no inspections of the physical carts

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new proposed ordinance in Multnomah County would increase safety inspections for food carts.

Jeff Martin, an environmental health supervisor with the Multnomah County Health Department, said the ordidnace proposal new rules and regulations for food carts.

“Right now there are no rules and regulation around sanitation at food cart pods…currently we inspect the mobile units themself inside for food safety but outside there’s no one inspecting the actual pod itself,” he said.

The ordinance would look at concerns like wastewater, freshwater, utilities, vector control and setbacks.

The county is reading the ordinance on Thursday and then it will be open for comment for 30 days before being read again. If passed, it would go into effect in January 2020.

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