Food Trucks' Cleanliness Compared to Restaurants

Are the mobile food destinations as sanitary as restaurants?
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"Gma" investigates. And on the agenda this morning, food trucks. Nothing more convenient when you want good eats on go. But how clean are they compared to regular restaurants? Mara schiavocampo is here with some answers. And I hope it's the one I want. Reporter: It is good news, Lara. Food trucks are one of the best ways to dine on a dime and undergo the same health inspections as restaurants. We wanted to know just how they stack up. ? food trucks dishing up gourmet grub coast to coast and picking up speed. According to roaming hunger, they are common in most major cities across the country. Party for the senses. Reporter: But with kept skeptics, street meat and roach coach, some find them unappetizing. "Gma" investigators learning those labels don't stick. A 2014 independent study by the institute for justice found food trucks are just as if not cleaner than restaurants. Citing fewer food safety violations on average and more than 300,000 inspections of restaurants, food trucks and other establishments. The myth of a food truck being dirty being debunked. Reporter: To see how they operate, "Gma" investigators headed to the arts park food festival in Florida. The study found food trucks had on average four fewer violations than the local brick and mortar restaurants they surveyed. Pe Pepe's taco and burgers keep it simple. Uncooked thing are on this side. We keep it all separate. Reporter: That looks phenomenal. The owner here says cleanliness is the priority. Three garbage compartments, hand sinks, watch everything on sight. The compact space keeping the ease of keeping clean. It's only 400 square feet to keep clean. This is the prep. Reporter: Most food trucks are required to have commissaries, approved locations to have empty waste, prep, and store their food. Cooked chickens, short ribs, pork. Reporter: Next food is loaded on to the truck, staying running around the clock, keeping refrigerated items cool. We have everything ready to go for the night. Reporter: Meals on wheels changing the meaning of fast food. Now, the study doesn't apply to every food truck in the country. So experts say there are a few things you can do to spot a good, clean truck. First, check out how clean the outside is. It's just like walking through a restaurant door. And second, they say spend time on social media. Read the reviews and see what other people are saying. I feel so much better. I had so much food from a food truck on Thursday. Not going to make you sick. It did look good. They are so creative. The cheesy truck makes an apple pie grilled cheese sandwich. They are ahead of the curve. Good, clean fun.

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