Food & Restaurant
Williamson County and Cities Health District
Food Service Inspections
The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) inspects food establishments to safeguard the publics' health by assuring that food is provided in a safe and sanitary manner. Environmental Health Services Food Safety Inspection Officers inspect food establishments 1-3 times per year. The number of inspections is determined by the risk of the population served and the processes used to prepare the food (i.e. hospital cafeterias would have a higher risk rating than a convenience store).
The WCCHD FSIOs are trained through education and on-the-job experience before they perform inspections. Food inspectors adhere to the most current version of the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) which went into effect October 11, 2015. The TFER focuses on use of practices in food establishments that lead to the prevention of food borne illnesses.
Food Service Inspection Scores
During an inspection, demerits are given for any deficiencies in the acquisition, storage, handling, and preparation of food found during the inspection.
These issues are addressed under a different time schedule for correction. The goal is to leave our restaurants with all deficiencies corrected. All priority and priority foundations items must be corrected before the inspector leaves the establishment. The remaining items, such as equipment repair, will have a time schedule for correction, and the manager must demonstrate how they can operate without the use of the equipment.
The accumulation of more than thirty (30) demerits indicates a need for immediate corrective action in all areas, with a follow-up inspection in 48 hours to insure that procedures have been initiated to comply with TFER. There are 47 items listed on the inspection form. The first twenty items on the inspection report are priority violations and indicate a need for immediate correction. We will not leave the establishment until these health violations have been corrected. Additional information on the new rules and a copy of the inspection form can be found under the Texas Department of Health website at Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER).
Food Score Requests
Information on establishments or copies of past inspections may be obtained through the Open Records Act by sending a written request to the Williamson County and Cities Health District, Environmental Health Services, 211 Commerce Blvd., Suite 111, Round Rock, Texas 78664, or sending the request by e-mail to Becky Tomlinson and copy Kay Kelley. Please be sure to indicate the name and address of the establishment and date or time period of inspections you are requesting.
Forms and Contact Information
See the Environmental Health Services page office locations and hours.