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HOUSTON -- Health inspection reports for food establishments here, ranging from grocery stores and restaurants to nursing homes and school cafeterias, are now available on the Web.
The online reports, generated by inspections conducted by Houston's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are intended to help consumers gauge the sanitary conditions of a food establishment during the most recent visit by a health inspector. Consumers can search food establishments by name, category, and zip code.
"Mayor Bill White has challenged us to make City Hall the most efficient and responsive in the country," said HHS department director Stephen L. Williams, M.ED, MPA. "This helps us meet that goal by making access to information more readily available to citizens."
Houston's HHS inspectors conduct unannounced visits at least once a year to each of approximately 12,000 food establishments to check compliance with standards and regulations. Local inspectors also perform additional visits to an establishment as necessary, based on the public health risks posed by the establishment and its past compliance history.