DOH: Food cart letter-grading plan half-bakedPosted: Updated:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a plan to expand the city's restaurant letter-grading system to include food carts, but this idea is not sitting well with everyone.Joanna Torres, who gets her breakfast from a cart in Hunts Point, says she would like to see mobile food vendors graded. "It would tell us more whether the stuff was fresh and [if] the thing is clean enough to eat at," she says. However, the New York City Department of Health says it isn't ready to take on a project of this magnitude yet. Officials say their inspectors are still getting used to the year-old restaurant scoring system.In addition, health officials say since food vendors don't have to operate at the same location every day, it may be difficult to track them down for a surprise inspection.