Weatherford Democrat

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July 21, 2011

Two fail food inspections

The two pass on retest; one place gets perfect score

WEATHERFORD — Two restaurants failed to pass their food establishment inspections in June — the most recent data available from the City of Weatherford — but were given retests and received passing scores.

On June 15, Taco Cabana, off Interstate 20, received a score of 78. On June 27, R&K Restaurant on Fort Worth Highway, received a score of 66. A minimum score of 80 is required to pass inspection.

Both establishments were reinspected and passed. On June 24, Taco Cabana passed with a score of 85. On June 29, R&K Restaurant passed with a score of 84.

City of Weatherford Consumer Health Inspector Angel Chandler said food establishments that receive scores between 71 and 79 must be reinspected in 10 days. Those that receive scores lower than 71 must be reinspected in 48 hours.

Her department doesn’t necessarily immediately close down a business for failing inspection, she said, because it depends on the what types of violations the incurred. She said she tries to work with food establishments to bring them up to code.

“Some people are unaware of the proper procedures,” Chandler said.

With more than 200 food service establishments in the City of Weatherford’s jurisdiction, Chandler inspects several food establishments — including restaurants, day care kitchens, schools, grocery stores, nursing homes and convenience stores — monthly. Every establishment gets one inspection a year, but may get more if they fail an inspection or a complaint is lodged, which causes an immediate inspection.

A perfect score for food establishments is 100, but they may get points taken off based on a state-mandated inspection report. Demerits can include things such as problems with time and temperature regulation, which could lead to five points subtracted; personnel issues, which could lead to four points subtracted; as well as other handling and source requirements that vary in the number of points subtracted.

Food establishments are placed on rotating inspection schedules in accordance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules. That way, Chandler said, the businesses are still getting “surprise” visits, rather than knowing when she’ll show up for inspection. The rules are based on regulations, such as the type of food the business serves and if they serve larger populations of people.

Only one food establishment received a perfect score of 100 in June — D.C. Italian Ice, a mobile food unit at the First Monday Trade Days during the first weekend of the month. Even mobile food units must be checked and follow all guidelines, Chandler said. The only difference in their checklist is that they may have, for example, smaller wash basins because they are working in a smaller area, but they are expected to maintain the same standards as regular food establishments.

When inspecting convenience stores, even those that do not have food such as hot dogs on a grill must be inspected to ensure the boxed food on their shelves adheres to expiration dates, Chandler said.

She also inspects day care common areas and gives those areas either a pass or fail status.

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