Food service inspections for April 4-10
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 APRIL 12
Mexico Tipico, 421 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 49. Improper cold-hold temperature. Improper hot-hold temperature. Wash hands at hand sink only. Use soap when washing hands. Cover food in the walk-in cooler and freezers and other coolers. Use gloves when handling tortillas. Keep the dirty water from the floor from splashing on the food contact surfaces. Work on date-labeling food in coolers. Install a backflow preventer on hose under hand sink. Manager does not demonstrate knowledge. Install a mop sink. Need a thermometer in front of Coke cooler. Dirty water is making puddles on the floor and being splashed on the food-contact surfaces. Post permit and inspection so it is visible to the public. If doing extensive cleaning, it is recommended that it be done after store hours so that the food does not get contaminated. Five facility or equipment violations.
Taqueria Vallarta, 302 S. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 38. Improper cold-hold temperature. Do not use wet towels to wipe hands and gloves. Use disposable paper towels instead. Employee drinks need to be spill-proof, with lids and straws. Need ingredients list on packaged cakes. Cover food in the walk-in. Spam container should not be placed in the pickles. Clearly mark the date on the labels. The walk-in is not holding temperature. Address problem with flies. The manager needs to educate employees on proper hand washing and safe food temperatures. Three facility or equipment violations.
Texana Food Mart, 1021 S. Wells St., Edna. Demerits: 18. Label sandwiches and cookies. Store raw meat below produce. Date-label ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day use-by date. Need thermometer in small glass cooler. Store ice scoop on clean, sanitized surface. Two facility or equipment violations.
Greek's 205, 205 E. Constitution St., Victoria. Demerits: 16. Date-label sandwich meat with a 7-day use-by date. Need paper towels in the kitchen. Use a licensed pest control only. Need to label the spray bottles. Tabletops need thermometers. Post the 2013 permit. Four facility or equipment violations.
Fastrak Express, 2004 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 13. Improper cold-hold temperature. Need ingredient labels for tacos. Discard the expired medication. Discard the sandwiches that were made before today that are still in the display case. Clean the ice machine. One facility or equipment violation.
Gary's Drive Inn, 601 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 13. Dispose of expired medicine. Need soap in restroom and at hand washing sink. Label spray bottles. Make sure toilet paper is kept in restrooms. Three facility or equipment violations.
Church's Chicken No. 1463, 206 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 12. Improper cold-hold temperature. Do not store cellphone on the biscuit sheet. Keep soap at the back hand sink. One facility or equipment violation.
Maya Mexican Restaurant, 1909 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 11. Keep raw chicken below the cooked food. Date-label foods kept more than 24 hours. Address problem of flies in the kitchen. Recommend installing self-closing doors to restroom. Repair/replace the wall behind the dish washing machine. One facility or equipment violation.
Coffee Cakes Drive-Thru Cafe, 1505 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 10. Discard eggs that were left out at room temperature. Keep paper towels at hand sink. Need a cooking thermometer. Post the last inspection. Three facility or equipment violations.
Concession Stand, Rodeo Drive, Cuero. Demerits: 10. Date-label leftover chili and opened bags of hot dogs. They are only good for seven days after being opened. Address problem of dead insects. Use only licensed pest control. Two facility or equipment violations.
Taqueria El Rodeo 2 by 3 Steakhouse, 314 W. Broadway St., Seadrift. Demerits: 10. Date-label food in coolers. Address problem with gnats in the wait area. Need a thermometer in the two-door glass cooler in the wait area. Two facility or equipment violations.
Linda's Tacos, 708 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 7. Date-label food with a seven-day use-by date. Use a licensed pest control only. One facility or equipment violation.
Pizza Hut, 803 W. Main St., Edna. Demerits: 6. Keep paper towels at hand washing sink. Mechanical dishwasher is not dispensing sanitizer. Two facility or equipment violations.
Beacon 44 Seafood, 1410 W. Adams St., Port O'Connor. Demerits: 6. Bleach concentration needs to be adjusted to proper levels. Clean the ice machine. Two facility or equipment violations.
Club Beauty In-N-Out, 521 N. Virginia St., Suite B, Port Lavaca; Telferner Grocery & Market, 202 S. Wood St., Seadrift. Demerits: 3.
Cuero High School, 920 E. Broadway St., Cuero; St. Michael School, 208 N. McLeod St., Cuero; TMC Golden Crescent Head Start, 312 Dunn St., Cuero; Whispering Oaks Nursing and Rehab, 105 Hospital Drive, Cuero; Edna Little League, 2500 E. Division St., Edna; South Brooke Manor, 1401 W. Main St., Edna; Josie's Mini Mart, 612 W. Adams St., Port O'Connor; Port O'Connor School, 508 W. Monroe St., Port O'Connor; Barkett's Restaurant, 321 Broadway St., Seadrift; Seadrift School, 1801 Broadway St., Seadrift; Community Action Committee of Victoria, 292 Foster Field Drive, Victoria; Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, 3809 E. Rio Grande St., Victoria; Rosebud Fountain & GRILL, 102 S. Main St., Victoria; VFW Post 4146 Ladies Auxiliary, 2001 Lova Drive, Victoria. Demerits: 0.
Taqueria Vallarta, 302 S. Esplanade St., Cuero, inspected April 9 with 38 demerits. Reinspected April 10 with some violations not corrected. The permit is being suspended until the walk-in and tabletop are fixed and holding at 41 degrees or below.
Days Inn, 6302 Dairy Road, Victoria, inspected April 3 with eight demerits. Reinspected April 8 with no violations noted at time of inspection.