GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT :Protecting and Promoting the Optimal Health and Well-Being of Galveston County
GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – Galveston County Health District (GCHD) sanitarians routinely inspect more than 1,800 food service establishments for compliance with state regulations designed to protect the health and well-being of customers.
This September, in the spirit of Food Safety Month, GCHD consumer health services highlights five ways to protect yourself while dining out.
“A permit verifies the establishment met the proper safety requirements to prepare and serve food,” said Martin Entringer, GCHD consumer health services manager. “In addition, a permit confirms the establishment is in our system to be routinely inspected.”
GCHD performs approximately 5,500 food service inspections annually. Inspection results, scored as demerits, are posted online at www.gchd.org/restaurantscores.
“It’s important to remember demerit scores reflect conditions at the time of the inspection and may not be an indication of current conditions,” Entringer continued. “We suggest reviewing demerit scores over a period of time for the best representation of an establishment’s overall conditions.”
should be well-groomed and wearing clean uniforms. Restroom cleanliness also offers insight into a restaurant’s overall sanitation.
Leftovers should be eaten within three to four days.
Gold Ribbon Awards
GCHD annually presents Gold Ribbon Awards to food service establishments with exemplary food safety practices. See a list of winning establishments at www.gchd.org/goldribbons.
GCHD investigates sanitation complaints related to food service establishments. Complaints may be filed by filling out the form at www.gchd.org/complaints or by calling 409-938-2241. Please provide contact information to allow GCHD to follow-up. Pictures may be submitted with complaints.
Food poisoning is a common, yet preventable public health problem. If someone believes they became ill from eating at a restaurant in Galveston County, it’s important to quickly report it to GCHD. Prompt reporting gives GCHD epidemiologists the best chance at determining the source.
Callers should be prepared to offer information about symptoms, what and where they recently ate and if they’ve seen a doctor.
Suspected foodborne illness may be reported to 409-938-2208 or 409-938-2215 during business hours or 1-888-241-0442 afterhours.
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The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is the local public health agency for Galveston County, Texas.
GCHD provides services and programs that protect the everyday health and well-being of Galveston County.
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