Food service inspections
The Victoria City-County Health Department and its sister organization, the Crossroads Public Health District, inspect places where food is served in Victoria, DeWitt, Jackson and Calhoun counties.
In the inspection reports, each violation in the Food Temperature/Time Requirements category is 5 demerits; in the Personnel/Handling/Source Requirements category, 4 demerits; and in the Facility and Equipment Requirements, 3 demerits. Zero is a perfect score while 100 demerits is the worst possible score.
Each Wednesday, the Advocate publishes inspection results from the previous week. All demerits are reported, but only those in the categories of Food Temperature/Time Requirements and Personnel/Handling/Source Requirements are detailed.
FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 3
Taco Reindo,137 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 37. Need to correct cold hold temperature, need to wash hands before glove use, need to store cell phones away from food preparation area, need to use gloves when cutting vegetables, need to store raw meat below other foods, need to date label any food kept 24 hours in cooler. Four facility and equipment violations.
Skillets, 2090 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 29. Need to correct cold hold temperature, need to wash hands between tasks, need to keep ham and sausage in tabletop cooler in sound condition not holding 41 degrees, need to use gloves when handling ready to eat foods. Four facility and equipment violations.
Fastrak Express, 2004 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 20. Need to have ice bags labeled, need to have sandwiches dated. Four facility and equipment violations.
El Patio, 548 W. Main St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 18. need to have proper cooling for cooked or prepared foods, need to correct cold hold temperature, need to have any food out of temperature more than four hours in sound condition, need to document time of food.
Tokyo Grill & Sushi Bar, 5006 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Demerits: 13. Do not store container of lemons on ice for sodas. Three facility and equipment violations.
Speedy Stop, 1800 S. Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 13. Need to date label box of hot dogs once opened within seven days of use date. Three facility and equipment violations.
Beacon 44 Seafood Market, 1410 W. Adams St., Port O'Connor. Demerits: 12. Need to correct cold hold temperature, need to have crab meat in cooler four hours and milk in sound condition. One facility and equipment violation.
Speedy Stop, 2207 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 11. Need to use hand sink for hand washing only, need to date label container of hot dogs. One facility and equipment violation.
Red Dot Grocery, 314 Evers St., Cuero. Demerits: 11. Need to label ice bags, need to discard out-of-date lunch meat. One facility and equipment violation.
Whataburger, 468 Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 7. Need to use disposable gloves. There was one facility and equipment violation.
Club Westerner, 1005 W. Constitution St., Victoria; DeWitt County Jail, 208 E. Live Oak St., Cuero; American Legion Snack Bar, 310 S. Esplanade St., Cuero; The Treasure Chest, 1312 Van Buren St., Port O'Connor; Port O'Connor School, 508 Monroe St., Port O'Connor; Captain G's, 712 W. Adams St., Port O'Connor. Demerits: 0.
Taco Reindo, 137 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Inspected on Nov. 29 with 37 demerits. Re-inspected Nov. 30, most critical violations corrected.