City urges public to beware of unlicensed sidewalk vendors

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California law changed recently to allow sidewalk food vendors to operate freely and legally. This means that you might start seeing more of these food carts around Paramount selling a variety of items.

 

Keep in mind that such vendors still need to be licensed by the Health Department to ensure that their products are safely prepared and stored. Proof of this certification is a sticker from LACDH displayed on their cart, as you see here.

 

Some vendors are complying with the law, some are ignoring it. If consumers see no Health Department sticker, beware. If the vendor is not going through the legal process, not playing by the rules, it is possible that eating their food will make you sick. To report illegal sidewalk vendors, you can call the city of Paramount’s Code Enforcement Division at 562-220-2045.