EUGENE, Ore. — It may come as a surprise, but health inspectors have a lot more on their plate than you might think.
There are more than 100 food trucks that are inspected across the landscape of Lane County, and those tasked with those inspections are the Lane County health inspectors.
Mobile unit operators must go through a plan review, get licensed, have a pre-opening inspection and then have two semi-annual inspections.
There are three types of violations, and inspectors can close a unit if it’s not up to code.
There is a dark side of this business. Sometimes trucks take off when faced with serious violations.
“They go mobile or they go dormant, and eventually what we do is if they go dormant for six months and they say they aren’t operating, the next year we will not license them,” said Zach Manning, Lane County Health Inspector.
“As a business owner of a restaurant, I want to know I am not going to get anybody sick, so the health department does a lot for the industry and the consumer,” said William Thur, owner of Zingaro.
Health inspectors can shut down a unit, but for the most part the business owners work with them.
Click on the video above to watch an in-depth report. We will take you along on inspections at two different popular Eugene food trucks. You’ll see what the health inspector looks for and why it’s so important that these trucks get checked regularly.