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Change in state law impacts food service industry

A local restaurant shows their copy of the health inspection. (Source: KTRE) A local restaurant shows their copy of the health inspection. (Source: KTRE)
Restaurants expected to show their copy of the health inspection report. (Source: KTRE) Restaurants expected to show their copy of the health inspection report. (Source: KTRE)
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A new change in state law is now being implemented to food establishments in Angelina County.

The new change in state law impacts 430 establishments who serve food on a daily basis. Those include school cafeterias, restaurants, and catering companies and all of those which serve food with regular health inspections.                

Jana Childers who works for the Angelina County and Cities Health District said the state sent out more details clarifying the law in January which now has clear rules and consequences.

KTRE went to several places requesting to see their health inspection report. Of the ten places, one place was aware of the law.

"We've just got a spot up here for it to where it can be displayed publicly. That way anyone walking in do requesting that information can have it,” said Dalton Wilson, general manager at Marco’s Pizza.

Nine out of ten places showed their health inspection report upon request and only one location denied the request even after the change law was explained.

Under the new regulations, any places with frequent health inspections must notify customers of the more recent health inspection report upon request. These places can also have a posted sign letting people know that the report is available or they can simply post the whole report.

"Since it is a new rule, a new change, we want to make sure they (establishments) have time to adjust and that we fully understand all the new rules before we start enforcing it. It will be a violation in the future," Childers said.

The Health District said customers can file a formal complaint if anyone refuses to show their health inspections reports.

After two warnings, the health district will start handing out citations.

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