City food carts to offer more options
Toronto street-meat epicureans will have more to chew on down the road, now that council has loosened up the regulations governing food carts.
Toronto council voted at its July meeting to add a bit of variety to food carts best known for selling hotdogs and sausages to hungry pedestrians. Under the new rules, vendors can sell pre-packaged cut fruits and vegetables along with non-cream-based dips, whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and soups that are pre-packaged, coffee and tea, and veggie burgers.
Under the plan, the food carts must pass inspection to ensure that they’re safe to sell the food by officials from the city’s health department. And they can’t serve anything that might support the growth of pathogens.
Council ignored pleas to allow food carts to sell their goods in commercial parking lots because of concerns that the food trucks would provide unfair competition to existing restaurants in the area.
– David Nickle