The inspections you hear about in the weekly restaurant reports are not conducted by KLTV... but by certified health inspectors (sanitarians). They are employed by the health departments/health districts from a city or county.
As governmental agencies, we have access to the reports after filing an official request using Texas "open records" laws.
Several days before the Thursday reports air, we gather the forms for the length of time since the last report.
Inspectors fill out a form approved by the Texas Department of Health. Demerits are given for specific "critical" violations.
Here are the demerit values for all "critical violations":
Five Demerits are given for the following violations:
1. Improper Cooling for Cooked/Prepared Food
2. Cold Hold (cold foods must be held at or below 45°F)
3. Hot Hold (hot foods must be held at or above 140°F)
4. Improper Cooking Temperatures
5. Problems with Rapid Reheating (cool to 165°F in 2 hours)
Four Demerits are given for the following violations:
6. Persons have infections that exclude/restrict them from food service
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