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Report: Food Truck Fare Just As Safe – If Not Safer – Than Restaurant Meals

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Think the restaurant meal you’re noshing on is decidedly more sanitary than the dirty water dog you were really craving?

You’re probably wrong.

A new report called Street Eats, Safe Eats from the Institute for Justice compared food trucks to restaurants by analyzing health department reviews of more than 260,000 eateries in seven major U.S. cities — Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Investigators say the comparison was “apples-to-apples” since food trucks and restaurants both must abide by the same health codes and regulations.

While Philadelphia wasn’t included in the study, the report found that food carts fared as well or better than restaurants in all seven cities.

Related: Philadelphia’s Top Food Trucks

“The results suggest that the notion that street food is unsafe is a myth. They also suggest that the recipe for clean and safe food trucks is simple—inspections,” the report says.

In other words, the next time you’re craving a cupcake from the local food truck, it’s probably just as safe to eat as one from the bakery.

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