Atlanta: Fulton County Responds To Street Food Shutdown

by John Kessler | Access Atlanta

The Fulton County Office of Environmental Health — a division within the Department of Health & Wellness — issued a press release explaining its shuttering of three mobile food operations in Poncey-Highland yesterday.

Apparently, an “AJC blog” alerted them to the existence of these street vendors. Um…

From the press release:

On February 19, 2011, Fulton County Environmental Specialist Kimisha Griffin conducted an investigation into allegations of suspected illegal mobile food vendors. Fulton County officials received notification from the Georgia Department of Community Health, Environmental Health Division of suspected illegal food vendor operations identified from a blog on the Atlanta Journal Constitution website.

As a result of Specialist Griffin’s investigations, 3 legal notices were issued. One was issued to the vendor known as The Fry Guy and 2 were issued to Pure (sic) Vida for operating 2 mobile stations outside of their establishment. These vendors were cited for being in violation of the Georgia Food Code of 2007, which requires a valid food service permit for any and all mobile food operations. One mobile unit in the investigation was not cited as they had a valid permit from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Fulton County Office of Environmental Health Services works with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition to educate and inform vendors of regulatory requirements and is also listed on their website as a resource.