Since its inception, TheWoodlandsEats has made available the restaurant inspection reports completed by the Montgomery County Health Inspectors within the greater Woodlands area. In July, 2012, TheWoodlandsEats partnered with the Montgomery County Health Department, Environmental Health Services Division, to begin offering more in-depth and background information as to what is observed by the Montgomery County Health Inspectors in the course of their restaurant inspections, as well as the actual inspection dates. Included in our reports are all of the restaurants in The Woodlands and surrounding communities, Woodlands-area caterers, hotels in The Woodlands, Woodlands-area private schools, and a few other businesses.
The mission of Montgomery County Environmental Health Services is to protect the health and welfare of all Montgomery County citizens serving as the local agent for the Texas Department of Health (TDH) and the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC). The Consumer Health Division enforces the State Statutes and Regulations as allowed by TDH. This includes plan review, regular inspections, and permitting of eating establishments, mobile vendors and temporary events throughout Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Environmental Health Services Department investigates food-borne illness complaints, and routinely offers Food Manager Certification and Food Handlers classes.
About once each week TheWoodlandsEats updates it’s monthly summary of reports on area restaurant inspections by the Montgomery County Health Department, Environmental Health Services Division. The department routinely performs food establishment inspections twice per year, or more often if the inspection report resulted in numerous demerits or a complaint was filed. These inspections are completed in accordance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules Field Inspection Manual, which the Texas Department of Health, Division for Regulatory Services, Environmental and Consumer Safety Section, Policy, Standards, and Quality Assurance Unit, Food Establishments Group has established. We have listed those Woodlands-area restaurants that received no demerits, as well as those that received any demerits.
So where do the demerits come from? Many are self-explanatory; such as “evidence of insect infestation” or “cross-contamination of raw products.” Then there are those that are a little less self-explanatory, such as “inadequate handwashing facilities” – what does that mean? Isn’t a sink with water and soap good enough? Well, no, actually. It must be a separate and easily accessible sink, with it’s own water supply, soap and towels. Or how about “unapproved HACCP plans?” That one’s even more in-depth; an HACCP Plan is a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Plan, or a systematic preventive approach to food safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. An HACCP is used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so that key actions can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of the hazards being realized. The system is used at all stages of food production and preparation processes, including packaging, handling and distribution. Check the drop down menu at the top of the page for our detailed monthly restaurant inspection reports.