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updated: 6/26/2012 1:48 PM

Chicago to consider allowing food prep on trucks

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  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will join two aldermen in introducing an ordinance that will allow food truck operators to prepare meals aboard their vehicles.

      Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will join two aldermen in introducing an ordinance that will allow food truck operators to prepare meals aboard their vehicles.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will join two aldermen in introducing an ordinance that will allow food truck operators to prepare meals aboard their vehicles.


Mobile food trucks currently can only sell pre-packaged foods.

Under the ordinance, to be introduced Tuesday, food truck operators will not only be allowed to use legal parking spaces, but also to park at designated food truck stands around the city. The dedicated parking spots will be selected by Chicago aldermen, businessmen and residents where the trucks will operate.

The food trucks will be allowed to operate 24 hours-a-day, and park for up to two hours. The trucks will be subjected to regular health inspection, and at least one worker with a food sanitation certificate must be present at the truck at all times.

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