SF plans crackdown on illegal food vendors during Super Bowl 50

City health officials will crack down on food vendors that operate illegally during the weeklong Super Bowl 50 celebration at Justin Herman Plaza.

The Department of Public Health announced the crackdown today, citing a need to ensure increasingly popular food vendors have the proper permits to help eliminate the risk in spreading food-borne illnesses.

“Hosting Super Bowl 50 events in San Francisco will draw thousands of visitors who will eat, drink and enjoy our City,” Barbara Garcia, The City’s director of health, said in a statement. “Our top concern is people’s health and safety. We don’t want anyone getting sick when they are here to enjoy the festivities surrounding a great game.”

As part of The City’s monitoring of all food vendors during Super Bowl events in January and February, inspectors from the environmental health branch of the health department will canvas areas where Super Bowl 50 events are planning and shut down vendors that operate without a permit, according to city officials.

Some 300 food trucks and more than 50 food carts — including hot dog carts and coffee carts — operate with permits in San Francisco. In addition to permits, vendors must also meet specific food handling and safety standards set by the California Retail Food Code.

Vendors must also follow parking, sidewalk and fire code requirements.

The health department will host two Town Hall informational meetings this month for food vendors interested in obtaining proper permits to operate during Super Bowl 50 events.

Beginning Jan. 30, Justin Herman Plaza will play host to Super Bowl City, a free event open to the public organized by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee in partnership with the NFL. The Super Bowl takes place Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

How to apply

Town Hall meetings: Vendors who want to find out how to get permits should attend. They will be held at 101 Grove St., Room 300 on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. For additional information contact the Environmental Health Branch at (415) 252-3800.

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