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General Operating Requirements for Food Pushcarts - Maricopa County, AZ Mobile App

According to the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, a ""pushcart"" refers to a non-self-propelled vehicle designated to be readily movable which is limited to serving non-potentially hazardous foods or commissary-wrapped potentially hazardous foods maintained at proper temperatures, or limited to the assembling and serving of hot dogs.

Unpackaged non-potentially hazardous food items approved for human consumption from a pushcart shall be limited to popcorn, nuts, produce, pretzels, and similar bakery products, shaved ice, and snow cones. The Food Pushcart Operating Requirements mobile app provides the general operating requirements for such food vendors.

This app is available for an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. All food safety checklists are saved in the Canvas Cloud and can be printed or emailed as a PDF if it needs to be sent to a public health department or kept for your records.


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  • Ico statictext All pushcarts must be in full compliance before any permit is issued.
  • Ico statictext General:
  • Ico checkbox Properly completed permit application (A plan review application is also required for plan submittals)
  • Ico checkbox Vending route/location of operation
  • Ico checkbox Signed Commissary agreement
  • Ico checkbox Toilet Use agreement (if applicable)
  • Ico checkbox Permit fee
  • Ico checkbox Documentation indicating individual’s lawful presence in the United States (n/a for renewals, Corporations, LLCs, or other similar organizations).
  • Ico statictext Food Products:
  • Ico checkbox All food & beverages must be from an approved source, be safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.
  • Ico checkbox All packaged foods shall be labeled in accordance with FDA guidelines (product name, processor name, address/phone of processor, weight & ingredients must be in English).
  • Ico checkbox Ice that is consumed or contacts food directly shall be obtained only in chipped, crushed, or cubed form.
  • Ico checkbox All condiments must be dispensed from squeeze bottles, pump dispensers, individual packets or condiment containers with self-closing lids.
  • Ico checkbox Condiments must be purchased ready-to-eat (pre-cut) form or prepared at an approved commissary prior to being placed on the pushcart.
  • Ico checkbox All potentially hazardous foods prepared or sold from a pushcart must be prepared on the same day of sale or service.
  • Ico statictext Set-up of cart:
  • Ico checkbox In general, one additional ice chest and one additional sales table are allowed for approved, pre-packaged foods.
  • Ico checkbox Pushcarts should be set up on surfaces that minimize food contamination (i.
  • Ico checkbox Sanitary toilet facilities for use by employees must be readily available within 200 feet of all mobile food establishments that are operated at the same site for more than a one hour period.
  • Ico statictext Signage/ Permit Stickers:
  • Ico checkbox The business name & vehicle number must be plainly indicated on two sides and the rear of the unit.
  • Ico checkbox Permit stickers must be clearly visible on the cart/vehicle.
  • Ico statictext Food Safety knowledge:
  • Ico statictext Food service workers are required to obtain food service worker cards.
  • Ico statictext One complete set of plans must be submitted for each vehicle or trailer.
  • Ico statictext Write the business name and submittal date on each page of the plans.
  • Ico statictext Generally, the plan review process takes up to 10 business days to complete.
  • Ico statictext Please contact the Mobile Food Program for the current fee schedule.
  • ...and More!

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  • According to the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, PUSHCART means and refers to a non-self-propelled vehicle designated to be readily movable which is limited to serving non-potentially hazardous foods or commissary-wrapped potentially hazardous
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