Report reveals Bronx and city street vendor carts not properly inspected

Bronx residents may be eating at their own risk when buying from street vendors.

According to State Comptroller Alan Hevesi's report, street vendors in the Bronx and city are not being properly inspected. The report revealed that several street vendors had violations against them, yet were still able to sell food.

Some residents say they are not surprised by the news. One man said it is best to eat at home because you never know how long places keep stuff.

The health department is in charge of inspecting new vendors before they hit the streets, but the state comptroller says there is no system in place to ensure all food carts are checked once a year.

The state comptroller's three-year investigation also found that vendors hardly ever got surprise inspections and rarely lost permits if they received violations.

Residents say not all vendors are bad though. Some say they have never had any problems.

Anyone who has a complaint about a food vendor should call 311. The health department says it will try to do a better job of following up on complaints about food vendors.

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