[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Lacey 12-1-1976 (Ch. 119 of the 1974 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Retail food establishments — See Ch. 362.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MOBILE FOOD UNITS
- Any movable restaurant, truck, van, trailer, cart, bicycle or other movable unit, including hand-carried portable containers in or on which food or beverage is cooled or prepared and transported for retail sale, or given away at temporary or fixed locations.
- OWNER and/or OPERATOR
- Any person, persons, partnership, franchise holder, company or corporation which owns the business of selling cooked or prepared food to persons from mobile units.
The owner and all employees shall comply with all applicable sections of Chapter 12 of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code.
It shall be unlawful to operate a mobile food unit without obtaining a license from the Board of Health.
The annual license fee for each mobile food unit operating within the Township of Lacey shall be $75 per year or any part of a year. Licenses shall be renewed during the month of December.
[Amended 12-12-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-02]
The license fee in the section above is designed to cover the cost of inspections, is not to be interpreted to be a license to peddle and is not subject to waiver in lieu of a peddlers license issued to veterans who operate a mobile food unit at fixed locations.
Mobile food units shall comply with the following specifications:
A potable water supply tank, minimum capacity of 30 gallons, heated electrically or otherwise and tilted toward a capped drain cock, shall be provided; the water inlet pipe shall be of removable flexible copper or other tubing approved by the Board of Health with a nozzle for a hose connection capped when not being used. A hose for connection to a potable water supply shall be provided and shall be equipped with an approved vacuum breaker and check valve.
A seamless three-compartment sink, which shall have a swivel faucet, supplied with running hot and cold water, shall be provided and it shall be large enough to accommodate the largest piece of equipment to be cleansed therein.
A hand-wash sink, seamless, with running hot and cold water, soap and single-service individual towels or mechanical hand dryer, shall be provided.
A suitable waste tank, with an adequate method of gauging the contents and having a capacity at least equal to the capacity of the water supply tank, shall be provided and shall be tilted toward a drain cock. It shall be emptied and flushed into a sanitary sewer or septic system as often as necessary in a sanitary manner in order to maintain sanitary conditions.
A mechanical refrigerated box that shall maintain a temperature of 45º F. or below and that shall be equipped with an indicating thermometer shall be provided for various ingredients carried, with metal racks or platforms provided to store ingredients.
Floors shall be of metal or similar approved material and properly sloped to provide proper drainage. Junctures of floor, wall and adjoining fixtures shall be watertight and covered.
A refuse container with cover must be available for deposit of papers and other solid wastes by customers and operators and must be so constructed, designed and placed so that it can be readily used, cleaned and kept clean, and located where it will not create a nuisance.
Mobile units operating after dark shall be well lighted with at least 30 footcandles of light intensity on all working surfaces.
Notice shall be posted in the service area of the mobile unit with instructions as to proper handling of food materials and containers, proper cleansing of equipment, utensils and appurtenances and proper waste disposal.
Persons handling food shall be clothed in clean, washable uniforms, preferably white ones.
Serving windows shall be glassed or screened and shall be kept closed at all times except when being used to serve customers.
A hose and hose connection equipped with a vacuum breaker shall be provided for supplying water to the mobile unit as well as a method of handling the hose for draining to prevent contamination.
Suitable covered storage facilities or containers shall be provided for all refuse and waste which must be removed daily.
Every mobile unit shall be constructed of such acceptable material as to enable it to be readily cleaned, and equipment shall be installed in such a manner that the unit can be kept clean and food will not become contaminated. The unit or equipment shall be provided with a close-fitting cover where required.
The water supply shall be adequate, of a safe sanitary quality and derived from an approved source. Cold water and hot water, of a temperature not less than 140º F. under pressure, shall be provided in all processing and washing areas.
All residues shall be removed from equipment after use each day, and product contact surfaces shall be sanitized just prior to use each day. Interior surfaces contacted by foods shall be completely disassembled daily for cleaning; provided, however, that installations and methods used for cleaning equipment without disassembling same may be utilized by approval of the Board of Health of Lacey Township.
After cleaning and sanitizing, all product contact surfaces of equipment and all utensils shall be so stored and handled as to be protected from contamination.
Mobile food units shall be subject to inspection as often as it may be deemed necessary by the Board of Health and at such locations as the Board may direct.
Commissaries which supply mobile food units shall be subject to inspection. Whenever such commissary shall be located outside the jurisdiction of the Board, inspection by the authority of the jurisdiction responsible for the enforcement of laws relating to public health and food preparation and processing may be accepted.
The Board of Health having reason to suspect that any mobile food unit is or may be the source of food-borne infection shall advise the owner, operator or employees thereof and order appropriate action be taken which will eliminate the source of infection.
In the event such action is not taken immediately, the Board may cause an order to be issued requiring the mobile unit to be closed or banned from operation in the Township of Lacey in order to protect the public health. The order will give the alleged violator an opportunity to be heard before the Board of Health within a reasonable time, not to exceed 15 days, while the order remains in effect.
If the Board of Health suspects that an employee of any mobile food unit is ill or infected with a disease or may be a carrier of a disease which may be transmitted through food, it may order him or her to leave the unit and refrain from returning to work in or about such unit and it may order the employer to prohibit such employee from returning to work until permission is granted to return by the Board of Health which permission to return shall be granted upon satisfactory proof to the Board of Health that the employee's condition does not constitute a health hazard.
Any person or persons violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding the sum of $500.
Each and every section violated and each and every day a violation exists shall be considered separate violations, each subject to penalty as provided herein.