Food vendors will have to make the grade

A food-vendor’s cart on Central Park West outside the American Museum of Natural History. Photo by Gabe Herman

BY GABE HERMAN | Is that street meat clean to eat? Until now, New Yorkers could only wonder about the cleanliness of street food, or perhaps choose not to think about it at all. But the city has started a grading program for all 5,500 food carts and trucks across the boroughs, which will give out letter grades in a two-year process, similar to the rollout for restaurant letter grades in 2010.

The program started last month. In the announcement in November, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city Department of Health commissioner, said, “Letter grades on food carts and trucks will help New Yorkers see how these businesses fared on their latest inspection, right when they want to place an order. Just as diners appreciate letter grading in restaurants, we expect this program to be popular among…

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