Some Bronx residents skeptical about cleanliness of street food vendors

When it comes to getting food from a street vendor, some Bronx residents are hesitant.

Street food vendors serve thousands each day, but some Bronx residents are skeptical about what they are getting. Some are concerned about the cleanliness and others say they are concerned because the vendors don't wear hairnets or gloves.

But some street vendors say they are clean and only use the freshest meats. One vendor on Fordham Road says he has a lot of repeat business.

Street food cart vendors are required to have permits from the Department of Health. They are also required to get their carts inspected once every year or two. In a recent study by State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, he found that street vendors in the Bronx and city are not being properly inspected. The report also found that surprise inspections usually take place only when there is a complaint.

The commissioner of the health department has recommended some changes, but admits the department does not have the manpower to make more surprise inspections.

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