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Health department expects increase in food truck applications

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Chatham County Health Department expects an increase in food truck applications with the newly approved ordinance.

The Environmental Health Department is responsible for reviewing and ultimately accepting or rejecting a mobile food service application, typically a two-week process.

They currently have around 10 permitted food trucks in the county, mostly for special events.  WTOC spoke with an environmental health specialist who says they're going to hold food trucks to the same safety standards as brick and mortars.

"Those food trucks are going to be inspected just like the regular brick and mortars, they are unannounced inspections, that's why it's also important for us to know where those trucks are going to be operating at, so that way we know, so we can do those inspections like the brick and mortars,” said Environmental Health Specialist Lauren Baker-Newton.

The department works closely with the City of Savannah Zoning Department, and Revenue Department to make sure businesses are properly licensed.

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