Utah health officials are worried about the uptick in sales of home-made food from private vehicles that park in commercial parking lots.

The Salt Lake Tribune today reports that concern the public could get botulism at a business parking lot has caused the Bear River Health Department to issue a public warning.

The agency said there is no way to know if food sold from cars, SUVs and trucks are safe because they are not inspected by local or state health authorities.

Utah state law forbids the sale or distribution of home-prepared foods to the public. Bear River officials say sales in Logan business parking lots are brisk.

Health officials have issued a warning over an increase in the number of people selling home-prepared foods from their vehicles in Logan business parking lots.

Health officials advised the public to buy only from permitted establishments or those with temporary food handler permits.

Foods not properly handled or not kept at specific temperatures can cause life-threatening food-borne illnesses including hepatitis A, salmonella, E. coli and botulism.