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Police to cite unlicensed food vendors

William Ferchland

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department announced this week its plans to cut down on the number of mobile food vendors without permits because of possible health risks in their products.

Such vendors need to have their businesses cleared through the police department, and be license holders with the City of South Lake Tahoe and the El Dorado County Environmental Management Department.

Vendors without such licenses can be cited for misdemeanors under a California Health and Safety Code violation.

“Each year, when winter is over and the weather clears, we begin to notice several private food vendors selling from their booths, carts or vehicles all around town,” stated Sgt. Brian Williams in a news release. “These may include a strawberry vendor at the roadside or a tamale cart being pushed door to door through a neighborhood.”

In conjunction with the environmental management, the police department is hoping to reduce the number of such vendors.

Ginger Huber, head of the county’s environmental management team at Tahoe, said people can catch food borne illnesses from such vendors. Illnesses range from food poisoning to salmonella to Hepatitis A, she said.

“There are all kinds of food borne illnesses,” Huber said.

Williams said vendors with questions on how to make their businesses legal can contact the police department at (530) 542-6135.

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