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Food trucks surge in popularity, but also health violations and suspended permits

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Food trucks have rapidly multiplied on Boston streets and plazas, with 75 gourmet-style restaurants on wheels now serving up everything from portobello mushroom paninis to Vietnamese rice bowls. Convenient and relatively cheap, the trucks often have long lines at lunch.

But 41 percent of these trucks have committed food safety violations that put their customers at risk of food poisoning, according to a Globe review of all inspection records since the vast majority of the trucks arrived in the city two years ago.

On nine occasions, the inspections uncovered such severe infractions that the truck’s permit was suspended for up to a week until the problems could be corrected.

The rate of permit suspensions was much higher for food trucks than for the city’s 4,000-plus sit-down restaurants and fast-food chains.

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