If you're thinking about getting behind the wheel of a food truck, what should you be aware of? Here are three potential legal issues to keep in mind:
Permitting problems. The story of another Philadelphia food truck illustrates the potential pitfalls of failing to secure the proper permits: A woman known as The Cupcake Lady had her truck seized by city officials after she was found operating in the University City area of Philly without the proper permit. So make sure you research which permits are required for the city, county, and state where you plan to do business.
Food poisoning fallout. If someone comes down with a case of food poisoning after eating at your truck, you can be held liable even if you did everything right. In a product liability case, everyone in the chain of commerce is a potential defendant. If the person can prove that they purchased the tainted food from your truck, and that product was the source of their injuries, you can potentially be held liable. You can always lessen the risk by making sure your truck follows all proper food safety guidelines and by staying on top of any food recalls that are issued.
If you are considering jumping into the food truck business, an experienced business lawyer can help you avoid these and any other potential legal issues down the road.