Food service inspections for Aug. 1-8

The Victoria City-County Health Department Environmental Health Division inspects 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 WEEK ENDING AUG. 10

Gold Mine Restaurant, 21 Raisin Road, Victoria. Demerits: 32. Wash hands before handling food. No smoking in the food preparation areas. Employee drinks need lids and straws. Store employee drinks below food preparation areas. Wash hands and wear gloves when handling ready to eat foods. Store raw meats away from or below ready-to-eat foods. Need to submit water sample for testing. Need soap and paper towels kept at the hand washing sink. Use a licensed pest control only. Need to use the 3 step process: wash, rinse, sanitize. Use cleaned and sanitized food storage containers to store food products. Four facility or equipment violations.

Magic Asian Cuisine, 101 N. Commerce St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 25. Improper cold hold temperature. Store raw meat below produce and other cooked foods. Date label cooked, ready to eat foods with a seven-day, use-by date. Do not store anything in the hand sink. Address ant problem. All coolers need thermometers. Use only food-grade containers. Store utensils with the handles in the same direction.

Skillet's No. 118, 2090 state Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 24. Use soap and paper towels when washing hands. Wash hands in the hand sink. Wash hands before handling clean plates. Use gloves when handling ready to eat foods. Need soap and paper towels kept at the hand sink. Thaw raw meat in the cooler, not on the counter top at room temperature. Four facility or equipment violations.

Texas Drive Inn, 607 S. Laurent St., Victoria. Demerits: 20. Wash hands between tasks and between glove use. Use gloves when preparing salads. Need soap at hand washing sink. Address roach problem. Clean up droppings in back storage area. The bleach bucket is too strong. Recommend that the floors all be scrubbed. Seal the holes in the floor. Four facility or equipment violations.

Pinto Bean Restaurant, 700 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 16. Dispose of dented cans. Do not store containers of food inside the ice machine. Use date labeling consistently. Address the problem with flies. Only use fly bait approved for use in food service areas. Keep food boxes off the floor in the store room. Four facility or equipment violations.

Abuelitas, 440 N. Mehnert St., Yorktown. Demerits: 15. Need to use proper hand washing procedures. Need proper handling of ready to eat foods. Avoid cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods. The hand washing facilities need to be adequate and easily accessible.

The Donut Palace, 310 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 14. Boxes of eggs were out at room temperature. Need to store them in cooler upon receipt. Need to keep time on sausage rolls and croissants. Need to use the four-hour rule. Use a licensed pest control only. Two facility or equipment violations.

China Wok, 302 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 10. Employee drinks need a lid and straw. Wash hands in the hand washing sink only. Do not cover food with towels. Do not store food directly in white grocery bags. Use the food-grade storage containers. Defrost the shrimp under cold running water or in cooler, not sitting out at room temperature. Two facility or equipment violations.

Tortilleria La Estrella, 310 W. George St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 10. Date label cooked, ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day, use-by date. Need paper towels in the restrooms. Clean the can opener blade. Use only food-grade approved storage containers. Two facility or equipment violations.

Dollar General No. 3864, 604 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 9. Clean the shelves around the dog food, cake mixes and chips. Three facility or equipment violations.

Mo Betta Cookin', 1000 E. Courthouse St., Cuero. Demerits: 8. Improper cold hold temperature. Need thermometers in all the coolers. One facility or equipment violation.

Victoria Nursing and Rehab, 114 Medical Drive, Victoria. Demerits: 8. Equipment needs to be adequate to maintain product temperature.

La Carreta Taqueria, 3501 Port Lavaca Drive, Victoria. Demerits: 6. Use licensed pest control only. Two facility or equipment violations.

Dollar General No. 3091, 1141 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 4. Dispose of expired whipped cream, cottage cheese and Lunchables.

H.E.B., 301 N. Wells St., Edna. Demerits: 4. Dispose of the out-of-date items, including cooked fajitas and baby items. Need to keep the time on cut fruit in the ice box.

Speedy Stop No. 7, 629 S. Wells St., Edna. Demerits: 4. Date label opened packages of hot dogs if not used within 24 hours. Trash cans in restrooms need covers.

New Beginnings, 105 Ward St., Cuero; South Texas Zoological Society, 110 Memorial Drive, Victoria. Demerits: 3.

Cuero Municipal Clubhouse, Leonard Roy Harmon Drive, Cuero; M.H. Leske Oil Co., 413 S. Esplanade St., Cuero; Jackson County Friends of Elder Citizens, 501 N. Wells St., Edna; The Box Lunch, 146 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca; Devereux Foundation, 120 David Wade Drive, Victoria; Health Food House, 4206 N. Ben Jordan St., Victoria; Kids Kottage, 302 Conti Lane, Victoria; Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 2535 Coletoville Road, Victoria; The Grape Vine Cafe, 110 Medical Drive Suite 102, Victoria; Victoria Country Club, 14 Spring Creek Road, Victoria; Yorktown Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation, 670 W. Fourth St., Yorktown. Demerits: 0.



RE-INSPECTIONS

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 2902 E. Airline Road, Victoria, inspected July 16 with 7 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 3, do not store anything in tabletop overnight. Will keep an eye on tabletop.

Gold Mine Restaurant, 21 Raisin Road, Victoria, inspected Aug. 1 with 32 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 8, with the following issues: Do not store raw meat next to ready-to-eat vegetables in tabletop. Need a water sample. Cannot store food directly in old boxes. Continue to address critical violations.

Tokyo Grill and Sushi Bar, 5006 N. Navarro St., Victoria, inspected July 25 with 18 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 1, all violations corrected.

Victoria Nursing and Rehab, 114 Medical Drive, Victoria, inspected Aug. 1 with 8 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 3, with the cold hold violation corrected.