Your Proper Hot Dog Cart Meat Handling
Is Your Hot Dog Cart Safe?
The completion of a proper hot dog cart meat handling program before starting a hot dog cart service is strongly advised.
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We also urge that you check with your county or local city health authority to determine the specific local codes that apply to vendor carts in your location, as these might differ from one place to the next.
The sale of pre-cooked meat items, such as sausages or wieners, on hotdog carts, is restricted by many municipal health departments.
These meat products must be grilled or barbecued on the cart.
You should keep cooked meat at a consistently higher temperature than the minimum temperatures set by the health department.
This needed storage temperature changes as well from one location to another.
For example, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) advises a holding temp of 140°F or higher.
A thermometer must also be kept on hand by the hotdog vendor to keep track of the temperature of the food.
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