Food service inspections

Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:09 a.m.

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.


La Plazita, 206 W. Main St., Cuero. Demerits: 46. Improper cold hold temperature. Wash hands at hand washing sink when changing tasks. Cover all foods when storing food in coolers. Box of raw meat found thawing in the mop sink. Use tongs or gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. Keep raw meat away from deli meats. Date label with a seven-day use-by date all cooked and ready to eat foods. Do not put anything in hand washing sink. Address problems of dead roaches and rodent droppings in the storage area. Need to review date labeling, prevent cross contamination, proper handling of ready-to-eat foods and proper thawing with all employees. Clean out the refrigerator in the front storage area. Place ice scoop on clean, sanitized surface. Seven facility or equipment violations.

Mexico Tipico, 421 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 40. Improper hot hold temperatures. Do not thaw raw meat at room temperature. Cover foods in the walk-in and freezers. Wear gloves or use utensils when making tortillas. Onion fell into beans that were uncovered in walk-in cooler. Date label cooked foods in cooler and freezers, ready-to-eat foods. Repair faucet at hand washing sink. Need back flow preventer on water spigot under hand washing sink. Need hand washing sign in men's restroom. Keep dry goods and food in walk-in 6 inches off ground. Do not store anything in hand washing sink. Label sanitizer containers and buckets. Do not store knives behind the three-compartment sink. Do not use T-shirt bags to store food in. Clean the ice machine. Five facility or equipment violations.

Stripes No. 2244, 1200 E. Broadway St., Cuero. Demerits: 22. Improper cold hold temperature. Dispose of expired bologna, ham and hot dogs. Use the four-hour rule for flour mixture for fried chicken. Store raw meats below cooked foods. Address problem with gnats and flies in the kitchen. Clean and sanitize cans before opening. Three facility or equipment violations.

Taqueria Vallarta, 302 S. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 20. Beans prepared yesterday were cooling in the walk-in cooler at 50 degrees. Employee drinks need a lid and straw. Keep food covered in freezer. Discard the beans in the walk-in cooler at 50 degrees. Work on date labeling with a seven-day use-by date on cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Place the ice scoop on a clean surface. Clean the can opener blade. Clean up grease behind the cook line. One facility or equipment violation.

Gary's Corner Store, 1005 S. Wells St., Edna. Demerits: 20. Sausage rolls out of temperature for more than four hours. Need proper labeling for Capri Sun drinks. Dispose of out-of-date deli meats. Need a use-by date on all items in the walk-in. Need soap and paper towels at the hand sink. One facility or equipment violation.

Church's Chicken No. 1463, 206 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 10. Need hot water at all times. Cannot operate without hot water. Soap needed at hand sink. Label spray bottles and store spray bottles below paper products. Two facility or equipment violations.

Main Street Kaffee Haus and Deli, 104 E. Main St., Cuero. Demerits: 8. Improper cold hold temperature. Table top not holding at 41 degrees. One facility or equipment violation.

TMC Head Golden Crescent Head Start, 1211 W. Austin St., Suite B, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 8. Employees need to wash hands before putting on gloves. Need to wear gloves with ready-to-eat foods.

TMC Golden Crescent Head Start, 627 W. George St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 3.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 400 N. Esplanade St., Cuero; Edna High School Cafe, 1303 W. Gayle St., Edna; Jackson County Hospital District, 1013 S. Wells St., Edna; Sam Houston Junior High School, 606 Gilbert St., Edna; Tots and Tikes Day Care, 411 W. Main St., Port Lavaca; Our Lady of Victory School, 1309 E. Mesquite Lane, Victoria; Victoria Christian School, 601 E. Colorado St., Victoria. Demerits: 0.


La Plazita, 206 W. Main St., Cuero, inspected Sept. 26 with 46 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 1, cold-hold violations and most critical violations corrected. Continue to work on storing dry ingredients in storage containers.

Edna Elementary, 400 Apollo Drive, Edna, inspected Sept. 24 with 3 demerits. Re-inspected Oct. 1, dishwashing machine working.

Church's Chicken No. 1463, 206 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca, inspected Sept. 27 with 10 demerits. Re-inspected Sept. 28, all violations corrected. Hot water has been fixed.

Texas Drive Inn, 3701 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, inspected Aug. 22 with 15 demerits. Re-inspected Sept. 28, all violations corrected.

The Spiritual Renewal Center, 718 Gussie Schmidt Road, Victoria, inspected Sept. 20 with 9 demerits. Re-inspected Sept. 26, all violations corrected.



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