Galveston County Restaurant
Inspections Now Available Online
and Cities –
favorite restaurant have any recent health violations? Finding out has
become as easy as going online. The Environmental Health Services Division
of the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is now posting results of
food service establishment inspections on its website at
will allow users to simply enter the name of a food facility and its
location to view the results of health inspections. Posted information
includes the dates of inspections conducted in the previous two years and
any major violations noted.
are those associated with specific risk factors that may contribute to
incidents of food borne illness. Some of these
risk factors include improper food holding temperatures, infestation of
rodents or insects, improper food storage and handling, or lack of hot and
cold running water.
allows consumers to quickly and conveniently check whether restaurants and
other food facilities are meeting appropriate health and safety standards,”
said Kurt Koopmann, GCHD’s Public Information Officer. “This also helps us
as we continually strive to make information readily available to the
Sanitarians are responsible for inspecting more than 1,500 food facilities
throughout Galveston County. These include restaurants, grocery stores,
delicatessens, convenience stores, snack bars, schools, health care
facilities, and certified farmers markets to name a few.
Sanitarians do thorough checks of all Galveston County food facilities
several times a year. If the department receives a complaint about a
restaurant, an inspector will be sent to check the facility.
with the Health District note that it is important for those looking at
online reports to understand that any inspection report is just a snapshot
in time. It shows only the conditions of the facility at the time of the
inspection. A single inspection report should not be used to judge a
business. Looking at a facility’s inspection results over a period of time
gives a more accurate picture of that facility’s commitment to proper and
safe food handling.
service establishments that consistently do well on inspections are
recognized annually in April during National Public Health Week with the
presentation of “Gold Ribbon” awards. These awards allow the Health District
the opportunity to recognize excellent establishments in a very positive
to Koopmann, “Our Environmental Health Services staff has been working hard
on this project for over a year. We are glad that we can finally offer this
much requested service.”
Media: For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, GCHD Public
Information Officer, 409-938-2211 or
As published in The Daily News
October 21, 2009.
Public Information Officer
Galveston County Health District
(409) 938-2211 or (409) 392-0007