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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 OCT. 26:
Taqueria La Finca, 2640 W. Main St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 33. Use soap when washing hands. Use hand washing sink for hand washing only. Thaw raw meat under cold, running water or in the refrigerated cooler. Recommend using spatula for flour tortillas. Store raw chicken below beef and cheese. Water supply is not hot enough. Needs to be 120 degrees for dishwashing machine. Remove unapproved pesticides. Properly wash cutting boards in the three-compartment sink. Wash, rinse and sanitize. Clean the can opener blade, use food grade approved paper or plastic to cover tortilla dough instead of a damp cloth towel. Need to reinstall mop sink. Three facility or equipment violations.
China Pantry, 7804 N. Navarro St. No. 179, Victoria. Demerits: 23. Discard chicken and rice let out for over four hours. Date label food in both coolers. Address problem with roaches. Label spray bottles. Need to use three-step process for ware washing. Need to clean the ice machine and serving utensils. Four facility or equipment violations.
Daniel's Tacos, 902 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 18. Do not leave eggs and tartar sauce out at room temperature. Do not store containers of limes with ice. Keep time on eggs out at room temperature. Do not use trash bags to store food in. Two facility or equipment violations.
McDonald's No. 25410, 3204-A S. Laurent St., Victoria. Demerits: 16. Improper cold hold temperature. Wash hands between tasks and after using the telephone. Address problem of flies in the kitchen and on the cheese. Repair leak under the three-compartment sink. Clean and sanitize the ice machine and soda dispenser. Four facility or equipment violations.
Wally's Restaurant, 1400 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 14. Store raw food below produce. No cold water at hand washing sink. Need to fix cold water supply at hand washing sink. Two facility or equipment violations.
Dairy Queen, 2801 E. Red River St., Victoria. Demerits: 14. Need to use hot/warm water when washing hands. Date label ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day use-by date. Hand washing sinks need paper towels. Clean and sanitize the ice machine. Two facility or equipment violations.
Mary Taquitos, 406 W. George St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 13. Date label potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day use-by date. Repair leak at the three- compartment sink. Store knives and cutting board on clean and sanitized surface. Use food grade storage bags for food storage. Recommend replacing floor and ceiling surfaces. Three facility or equipment violations.
The Store, 1713 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 12. Label ice bags. Dispose of out-of-date medication. Date label the burritos in cooler.
Coastal Kids Day Care, 709 B State Highway 35 South, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 11. Dispose of out-of-date milk. Date label pan sausage and lunch meat. Post the last inspection. One facility or equipment violation.
Broadway Shell, 1326 Broadway St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 8. Ice bags need proper labels. Dispose of expired package of hot dogs.
Gingerbread School, 2202 Half League Road, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 8. Dispose of out-of -date mayo, salad dressing. Need to use gloves with the ready-to-eat foods.
Pizza Hut, 803 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 7. Wash hands upon returning to kitchen. Clean the ice machine. One facility or equipment violation.
Get and Go Foodmart No. 1, 1717 Half League St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 7. Kool-Aid not labeled for individual sale. Post permit where it is visible. One facility or equipment violation.
Jackson Roosevelt Elementary School, 1512 Jackson St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 6. Bleach bucket too strong. Re-label spray bottles. Need thermometers in front milk coolers. Two facility or equipment violations.
H-E-B Food Store No. 368, 1161 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 4. Dispose of the out-of-date ranch dressing.
Gonzalez Community Store, 5065 FM Road 616, Placedo. Demerits: 4. Individual Kool-Aid packages not labeled.
Gonzalez Restaurant, 5065 FM Road 616, Placedo. Date label all cooked foods in cooler.
Miss P's Sweet Ice Tea and Sandwiches, 4496 Cheapside Road, Westhoff. Demerits: 4. Wash hands before gloves.
Cuero Country Club, 1305 E.S. Railroad St., Cuero. Demerits: 3.
Dairy Queen, Highway 185, P.O. Box 638, Bloomington; Dollar General Store No. 12393, 17 West 4th St., Bloomington; Cuero Nursing and Rehab, 1310 E. Broadway St., Cuero; Dairy Queen, 802 N. Esplanade St., Cuero; DeWitt County Jail, 208 E. Live Oak St., Cuero; Sonic No. 1756, 1110 N. Esplanade St., Cuero; St. Michael's School, 208 N. McLeod St., Cuero; Edna Youth Football Association, Shelby Park, Edna; Palacios Mexican Restaurant, 114 E. Main St., Edna; South Brooke Manor, 1401 W. Main St., Edna; Nursery Elementary, P.O. Box 69, Nursery; Calhoun County Senior Citizens Center, 2104 W. Austin St., Port Lavaca; Calhoun High School, 201 Sandcrab Boulevard, Port Lavaca; Evelyn's Seafood Market, 732 Broadway St., Port Lavaca; H.J.M. Elementary, 605 N. Commerce St., Port Lavaca; Ladybug Learning Center, 401 S. Commerce St., Port Lavaca; Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School, 301 S. San Antonio St., Port Lavaca; Our Lady of the Gulf Day Care, 412 W. Austin St., Port Lavaca; Pizza Hut, 425 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca; The Pantry, 702 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca; Chicken Palace Eggs, Farmer's Market, Victoria; Dairy Treat, 3808 N. Laurent St., Victoria; Grandy's, 4201 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Hopkins Elementary Cafeteria, 110 Hopkins Road, Victoria; Lettuce Wrap It, 2511 N. Laurent St., Victoria; Noot's Thai Kitchen, 6360 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Robert's Eatery and Bakeshop, 1504 N. Laurent St., Victoria; Toscana Artisan Bakery, 5210 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Wingstop, 5208 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Demerits: 0.
Bloomington Elementary, 156 Leonard St., Bloomington, inspected Sept. 6 with 8 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 18, cold hold violation corrected.
Maya Mexican Restaurant, 1909 N. Esplanade St., Cuero, inspected Oct. 9 with 26 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 24, cooling violation corrected.
La Antigua, 737 N. Highway, Port Lavaca, inspected Oct. 10 with 15 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 17, improper cold hold violation. Re-inspected Oct. 24, cold hold violation corrected.
Mexico Tipico, 421 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca, inspected Sept. 28 with 40 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 17, continue to work on date labeling cooked foods in walk in with a seven-day use-by date, preventing cross contamination of raw meat and produce stored in the walk-in. Need to repair cold water supply at hand washing sink. Need backflow preventer at hose bib on hand-washing sink. Need thermometer in white cooler in kitchen. Follow-up required.
Shellfish Sports Bar and Grille, 2615 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca, inspected Oct. 10 with 18 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 17, all violations corrected.
Taqueria La Finca, 2640 W. Main St., Port Lavaca, inspected Oct. 17 with 33 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 17, continue to address violations.