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Taco Trucks are safer than many people know

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- You see them all over town and many of you love their tacos and burritos, but some people are weary to pull over the side of the road to eat out of a mobile restaurant.

Tony's Taco Truck on West Clearwater Avenue and North Perry gets anywhere from 100 to 200 customers per day. Jose Espinoza says, "Tony has the best taco's in the world," and Jennifer Madrigal goes there for the tortatas.

According to the health department in Kennewick, there are  44 taco trucks in Benton and Franklin counties,. Those trucks have the same rules and regulations as regular restaurants.

Yirino "Tony" Patino says, "I worked in the restaurant for 17 years so I know these taco truck are safer than the restaurants.  Everything is fresh. There's more inspections, and the health department comes out to check on me every three months."

Susan Shelton, the supervisor of Environmental Health  says they keep a closer eye on mobile restaurants. "We don't even let mobile food units cool their food down.  They cook, hot hold it and then serve it that day, They cannot have any left--overs."

Shelton says complaints for taco trucks average about one a year, a lot less than regular restaurants. "We get very few complaints from the public, very few about mobile trucks."