Food Carts in NYC To Get Letter Grades Like Restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) -

Food carts and trucks in New York City will soon receive letter grades similar to the grades given to city restaurants.

Health Department Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Health Corrine Schiff says every cart will receive newly designed decals, and the corresponding alphabet score. The new inspection rules announced Friday will go into effect in December.

Food carts will be graded on food safety and will receive a corresponding alphabetical score — with “A” being the highest score. Officials say they will also attach a tracking device to carts.

Ahmad Ali from The Halal Guys food cart says he and other owners support the new grading process because it will help change conceptions about food carts being unsanitary.