Operation Chuck Wagon: Permitting Unlicensed Mobile Food Vendors
The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department (NKIDHD) serves the counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell, and Grant. With a large light-industry base, warehouse facilities are located throughout the district. Mobile food vendors frequent such locations; employees need a quick meal while minimizing travel time. Unscrupulous mobile food vendors circumvent the permitting processes in hopes of operating undetected. These unlicensed mobile food vendors may lack the appropriate structural requirements, may not follow proper food safety practices and techniques, and may not obtain food products from approved sources, thereby increasing the risk of food-borne illnesses to the general public. Identified by NKIDHD’s environmental health inspectors using an affinity diagram, this quality improvement (QI) project was selected based upon the need for improvement, impact on the public’s health, and the increased interest in mobile food vending. The QI process helped NKIDHD fully analyze this issue and unearth root causes to address, identify workable and sustainable solutions in collaboration with local businesses and mobile food vendors, and establish improved communication channels with mobile food vendors. Success was measured by having all mobile food vendors meet the requirements of Kentucky’s Retail Food Code and be properly licensed and inspected by NKIDHD.
Talley, T. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Operation Chuck Wagon: Permitting Unlicensed Mobile Food Vendors. Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:04. Available at https://www.phqix.org/content/operation-chuck-wagon-permitting-unlicensed-mobile-food-vendors. Accessed May 28, 2022.