Officials Busting Vendors for Illegally Selling Food Without Licenses

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

"Sausage patty two eggs, scrambled, up in a burrito with homemade green chili and cheese. They love that," says Fay Smith about her cooking.

Smith owns a restaurant, on wheels. Smith feeds many mouths on her daily route. "Oh, I've got about 30 different stops I stop at." Smith has been in the business for close to six years now,
and she will be the first one to tell you its not an easy job. "I'm up at four in the morning and I usually don't get to bed till eight at night and its non stop,” says Smith.

Despite all the hard work more vendors are popping up around the valley.
Smith says it happened at the end of last year. "I noticed it last November, October."

Darleen McKissen with the Mesa County Health Department says there is a problem with some of these new vendors. Many aren't licensed. "People that make food in their homes to sell it to the public can't legally do that," says, McKissen. McKissen says the Health Department is on track to issue more citations this year than last.

McKissen says, "We saw ten last year, we've seen six to date already this year so we think the numbers are on the increase."

And while many vendors don't know they need a license, others do. McKissen says the Health Department says they just want them to do it the right way, and pass an inspection.

Violators can face fines up to $500 dollars but usually not on the first violation. McKissen says, "Our job the first time is to tell you what you may not know."

Smith says she is concerned for the safety of all her customers and wants them to know they are appreciated. Smith says, " I feel that all my customers are family."

A vendors license will run you just over $200 and is good for a year before you have to renew.

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