Mitigating Food Truck Risks: Cooking & Safe Practices

Food Truck Risks > Cooking and Equipment Hazards

Mitigating Food Truck Risks: Cooking & Safe PracticesIn our last two posts, we covered some of the basics of food truck liability risks, including vehicle risks and propane fire hazards. In this installment, we’re going to dive deeper into how your clients can prepare and handle foods appropriately in order to pass their health inspection test. Health codes are a big deal, and aside from preventing fires on a food truck, there are plenty of handling considerations to ensure your clients pass with flying colors. In addition to sharing this useful information with them, ensure your clients are secured with the best Food Truck Insurance policy to mitigate risk and responsibility.

Grease traps.

Cooking on a food truck means that grease traps get fuller faster. As they are smaller than traditional traps, they should be emptied more frequently. If not, your clients run the risk of suffering from a fire, which could devastate the business and injure employees and patrons alike.

Preparation and storage.

According to Food Truckr, the following practices and precautions should be followed:

  • All food on the truck is safe for consumption.
  • Raw meat is not touching already cooked food or items that will not be cooked before serving.
  • Food storage containers are labeled appropriately and products are dated for the correct amount of time.
  • Foods that are left out in a prep area are not kept exposed for unsafe amounts of time.
  • All food is stored at safe temperatures, particularly meat and dairy products.
  • Cooked foods are served or refrigerated quickly.


When preparing for a health inspection, your clients can consider the following advice:

  • Ensure all refrigerators and freezers are kept at the right temperatures to prevent the spread and growth of bacteria.
  • The truck should have a dedicated hand-washing station.
  • Cleaning products and toxic chemicals are stored safely in a designated area.
  • The truck has enough ventilation and safety equipment on board.


Clean and sanitize work surfaces, dispose of grease and waste appropriately, and promptly wash dishes to reduce the likelihood of attracting pests such as ants, flies, and more.

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