Orange County Health Inspector James Scales found a new violation this month‑‑used cooking oil dumped in a drainage ditch.
Scales made 21 inspections during the first part of the month with most of them at schools. Good news for parents and students. The school cafeterias aced their exams.
The Waffle House in Orange on Highway 62 South had the lowest score, which was an 80. The diner had a problem with gnats, mold in the ice machine, and foods not at safe temperatures.
The schools getting perfect scores of 100 were North Early Learning Center, Bridge City Middle School, Orangefield Elementary, West Orange-Stark High, Pine Forest Elementary, Tekoa Academy in Orange, Bridge City Intermediate, Bridge City High, Vidor Elementary, Little Cypress Junior High, Little Cypress Intermediate, Vidor Junior High, and Vidor High.
The restaurants were not as clean. Scores and demerits are:
Waffle House, 2610 Highway 62 in Orange: 80. Cut ham and onions were not at proper temperatures. Mold was in ice machine. Non-food grade chemicals were used to surfaces. Front cooler was not keeping proper temperature. (Inspector made store fix immediately.) Dates were needed on products. Storage shelves were rusted. Inspector saw several gnats. Employee drinks were stored improperly in coolers. Wiping cloths were stored improperly. Vents at the Vent-a-Hood and floors needed to be cleaned of old foods and grease.
Oza’s Diner, 1907-B MacArthur Drive in West Orange: 82. Tamales not purchased from an approved inspected establishment were being sold. Cooler was damaged with exposed insulation. Dates were needed on products. Dog was inside the establishment. Foods were stored on the floor inside the mobile unit. Entire establishment needed to be cleaned and sanitized. Brisket was thawing on top of the counter. Lots of rubbish and with items not being used were throughout. Used cooking oil was dumped in a ditch. Sanitizer was needed. Current food service certificate and health inspection report were not posted in front.
Tacos El Primo, 7409 Interstate 10 in Orange: 85. Chicken enchiladas were not at proper temperatures. Colds foods that restaurant received on shipment were still sitting on the floor inside of coolers or freezers. Walk-in cooler was not keeping proper temperature. Dates were needed on products. Several flies were inside. Foods were stored on the floor. Vents at Vent-a-Hood and floors needed to be cleaned of old foods and grease. Certified Food manager certificate and health inspection report were not posted in front.
Jack in the Box, 1315 North Main Street in Vidor: 86. Inspector pulled from the walk-in cooler several bags of pre-cut raw onions that were expired. Foods inside the coolers and freezers needed to be coveree. Gaskets needed repairs for proper seal on coolers and freezers. Trash was on the ground at the dumpster. Ceiling tiles were damaged. Vents at Vent-a-Hood needed to be cleaned of old grease. Several pieces of broken or unused equipment needed to be discarded or repaired. Certified food handler certificates were not posted in front.
McDonald’s, 765 North Main Street in Vidor: 88. Inspector pulled several foods off the serving line that had expired dates or times. Slime was on the drink station at the drive-through. Faucet at the three-compartment sing was dripping water at the base. Vents at Vent-a-Hood, insided coolers and freezers, plus floors (especially under equipment) needed to be cleaned of old foods, grease and trash. Current food servict permit and health inspection report were not posted in front.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 2323 Lutcher Drive in Orange: 91. Restaurant did not have a certified food manager on staff. Dates were needed on products. Lots of gnats were near the three-compartment sink. Hair restraints were needed. Storage shelves, floors and walls needed t obe cleaned of old foods, dirt and trash. Handwashing signs were needed at the handwashing station. Ceiling was damaged near the back door from roof damage and needed to be repaired immediately.
Whataburger, 1905 Texas Avenue in Bridge City: 95. Employee had bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. Vents at Vent-a-Hood and inside reach-in freezer needed to be cleaned of old foods and grease. Bottom of back door needed to be resealed.
-Margaret Toal, KOGT-