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
8. Hygienic Practices (Eating/Drinking/Smoking/Other)
9. Unapproved Source or Labeling of Products
10. Unsound Conditions
15. Equipment Not Adequate to Maintain Product Temperature
16. Handwash Facilities Not Adequate or Accessible
17. Handwash Facilities without Soap and/or Towels
18. Evidence of Insect Contamination
19. Evidence of Rodents/Other Animals
20. Toxic Items Improperly Stored/Labeled/Used
21. Problems with Manual Washing and Sanitizing
22. Problems with Mechanical Washing and Sanitizing
23. Unapproved Sewage/Wastewater Disposal System or Improper Disposal
24. Thermometers not provided/inaccurate/not properly calibrated
25. Food Contact Surfaces of Equipment and Utensils not cleaned, sanitized, or in good repair
26. Consumer Advisories not posted (Heimlich, raw shellfish warning, buffet plate)