YAKIMA, Wash - There are close to 50 mobile taco carts in Yakima County. This week, one was reported to the Yakima County Health District after a customer found a rat tail in a taco. That cart has since been shutdown for health violations. They were found to have been storing food in a house.
According to staff at the health district, the carts have the same rules as most restaurants, only with a few extra regulations. Food can only be used reheated at the cart, not cooked or stored. A separate commercial building is required for the cooking and storage.
The health district will perform two random inspections for each mobile cart a year. Staff say they have seen violations decrease through the years.