Restaurant Report Card: What inspectors look for

Restaurant Report Card: What inspectors look for

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - We all like to occasionally visit a good restaurant to relax, spend time with friends and family and of course, get some mouth-watering food. But are your favorite restaurants up to code? We'll tell you in our new Restaurant Report Card segments.

In Midland, health inspectors will be on the lookout for proper food temperatures, personnel requirements, facility requirements and more.

Restaurants in Midland are graded three times per year, while health inspectors visit our local food trucks once a year and it's all based on a 100-point scale.

For each violation, the establishment will be docked accordingly.

The worst case scenario for restaurants would be no hot water, sewage on the floor, if a fire was to break out, or, if they scored below a 70 on their report card.

Just like Midland and the rest of the state of Texas, Odessa uses a 47 item retail food inspection report that covers all of the Texas Food Establishment Rules that come from the Texas Department of State Health.

The highest an establishment can score is 100 and that means no violations.

However, inspectors will hand out demerits worth one, two or three points.

Restaurants in Odessa are inspected quarterly or immediately after a complaint.

As for Meals on Wheels, food trucks have an initial inspection and are spot checked.

Something we hope to never come across – a restaurant that's been shut down. In that case, it could mean the restaurant has a lack of hot water, an insect or rodent infestation, sewage back up or a score below 70.

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