Restaurant Report Card for June 27: Off-temperature foods a common problem
Updated On: Jun 27 2013 07:16:03 PM CDT
Off-temperature food is one of the leading causes of food poisoning; and Local 2 consumer expert Amy Davis found a couple of examples in this week's Restaurant Report Card.
They're serving up burritos and margaritas at Bullrito's on Weslayan and Richmond; but, health inspectors say the chicken at the restaurant was 53 degrees. The beef 50 was degrees. Both temperatures are much higher than the 41 degrees required by the state health code.
"You know that can make people sick? Why was the meat so warm? Why was it off temperature," Davis asked Bullrito's assistant manager on duty. He got his supervisor on the phone to answer Davis' questions.
Bullrito's regional area director told Davis the meat wouldn't have been so warm if the inspector hadn't keep the cooler door open for so long before taking the temperature. She then said the problems highlighted in Bullrito's most recent inspection were all corrected.
At China King Chinese restaurant at 12600 Bissonnet, inspectors noted live roaches on the floor, a dead mouse on a glue board and chicken, beef and shrimp all off-temperature for more than four hours. There were more roaches at Church's Chicken at 9122 Mesa, and a roach on the floor in the kitchen of Great Wraps in the food court of the Galleria. At La Moreliana at 1050 West Rankin, inspectors say they found packages of outdated pork meat that was a month past expiration.
We found spotless inspections at IHOP 13388 Northwest Freeway and Neo's Yogurt at 1918 Fountainview. Both places earn an A+ in this week's Restaurant Report Card.
To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, click here.
How To File Restaurant Complaint
We get our information from the City of Houston Health Department, but many of you have complaints about restaurants in other cities and counties.
Refer to the following list to find out which agency to contact depending on the location of the restaurant:
* For all complaints about restaurants located in the city of Houston, call 311 or file the complaint online.
* Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services inspects and permits all retail food establishments in the unincorporated areas of Harris County as well as in the cities of Tomball, Katy, Jacinto City, Galena Park, La Porte, Morgan's Point, South Houston, Seabrook, El Lago, Southside Place, Hunter's Creek, Piney Point, Bunker Hill, Jersey Village, Spring Valley, Deer Park, Humble, Waller, and West University Place. If you believe you have become ill from ingesting food from an establishment in unincorporated Harris County or in a city inspected by Harris County, please file a complaint at http://www.hcphes.org/eph/foodcomplaint.ht or call them at 713-274-6300. If you are concerned about a food establishment's operations such as cleanliness, food handling procedures, etc., please file a complaint at http://www.hcphes.org/eph/complaints.htm.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant in Montgomery County, call the Montgomery County Health Department at 936-539-7839.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant Galveston County, call the Galveston County Health Department at 409-938-2300. Use this link to speed the process and file your complaint electronically, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant in Brazoria County, contact the Brazoria County Health Department.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant Fort Bend County, contact the Fort Bend County Health Department.
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