Potential food truck operators gather in Brownsville to learn about rules and regulations

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“I think it’ll be beneficial not only for the city, but mostly  for small businesses,” said City of Brownsville Food Division Supervisor Roberto Garcia. “They want to start somewhere.”

That’s the opinion of Brownsville’s food division supervisor, and dozens of other potential food truck operators. They all gathered at today’s event  concerning local food truck rules and regulations.

“What you would be required to have is an actual commercial manufactured trailer, it can’t be a homemade trailer or a wooden trailer or anything,” said Garcia. “You must also have your basic three-compartment sink, you know just for basic hygiene. You need commercial refrigeration, hot-holding equipment, cold-holding equipment. You may want to make sure the rest of the unit is self-contained and it follows all FDA and state guidelines.”

Brownsville Planning and Zoning officials says the vicinity of Jacob Brown Auditorium could be one of six spots where the food trucks will be located.

“Not only are we updating our planning and zoning,” said City of Brownsville Health Director Arturo Rodriguez. “We’re also updating our Texas food establishment rules.”

And because these rules were just decided upon by state legislation in the last session, these are the most up-to-date regulations.

In other words, these rules are statewide, which means food trucks in all cities are kept on a more even keel than in the past.

“When those rules were written it was before mobile food units got popular like ten years ago so you would go to different cities and find that you had different rules for different communities,” said Rodriguez.

Food truck entrepreneurs usually set out to open a brick and mortar business once they get on their feet.

But as for right now, it looks like Brownsville will be seeing food trucks very shortly.

“The city I’d say we’re at 90 percent so the food truck part is coming along fairly well,” said Rodriguez.

We may see the first food truck as soon as late January or early February.
 

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