My guess was it has something to do with California’s emission (pollution) laws.. Again, that was just a guess.
I’m guessing that the concern is that during busy times, the dogs may not be on the grill long enough to be heated through sufficiently before being eaten. Steaming and poaching/boiling reduces that problem because the dogs reach a safe temperature much quicker. There have been listeria problems in the past with under-heated hot dogs. Most people shouldn’t have a problem with that, but pregnant women, people with AIDS, and people taking prednisone apparently have a much greater risk of contracting listeriosis. But maybe that’s not the issue at all. I can’t find anything on the web about why these LA health department rules exist.
Are they using charcoal grills or flat top grills? I ask because the health department does not want to see street products that only get cooked half way at a time, as with a flat top. Immersed products supposedly will not transmit bacteria as well as open air products. I find that if the vendor doesn’t use enough heat then you will get sick no matter what. I am to assume that the vendor has a current health card and knows the rules governing their business. If there is any issue regarding the temp of the product then require that the place have a thermometer for meats. A instant read probe thermometer is the best one that is cheap.
In the Phoenix AZ area, especially in the Mexican neighborhoods, they do the bacon wrapped dogs from carts and trucks and I haven’t heard of any restrictions
It’s definitely the health department. As someone not in that business, I can’t understand whey a grill—-if kept clean——would be so much more unsanitary than a steaming tray.
This article reminds me of some of the other threads, especially in the Professionals’ forum, where hot dog cart wannabee’s found city or county ordinances (if I remember right they were in Florida) do not allow even grilling of onions in connection with a hot dog cart. I just assumed that was the case with this article. In other words, ordinances would have to be changed to allow the grilling of anything.
I wonder – is there some sort of health and safety issue with grilling the dogs, or is it maybe the smoke and smells?
The point of the article was that they are going after licensed and unlicensed vendors——-and have outlawed grilling in public completely, so the dogs cannot be made. The licensed vendors who try to do things right are having a rougher time than the unlicensed vendors who don’t care about the laws.
divefl—-just quoting from the article. If I remember now that I think of it, I’ve read that places in New England do bacon wrapped dogs too so I think the writer may just be uninformed.
LA creation? Come now.
it’s only the ones that are not licensed, that are getting in trouble… is that right? or is the bacon somehow illegal? not sure I understand…
Sounds like they are doing a good job trying to enforce the laws.
Seems L.A.’s own creation, the bacon-wrapped hot dog is landing some of the vendors in jail.
Sell a dog, go to Jail.
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