Food Inspections

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Grading Criteria for Food Inspections



While the Town of Flower Mound has adopted the Texas Food Establishment Rules, the food inspection scoring system is changing. The Town will continue to follow these guidelines and the demerit scoring system. Historically, a food score of "0" was considered as a perfect score but this can be somewhat confusing. The food inspection scores are still utilizing demerits but will be translated into a raw score 100 point system. This system will help to eliminate any confusion concerning scores by using a common score system as those in schools, etc. The fewer the violations, the higher the score will be, with 100 being a perfect score. The grading criteria is as follows:

100-90
Excellent
80-89
Good
70-79
Satisfactory
Below 70
Failing


It is important to note that when looking at the overall score of a food establishment, one must consider all of the processes carried out at the facility. For instance, a convenience store with only pre-packaged food items does not involve the same processes as a full service restaurant.
In addition, a routine food service inspection is only a "snap-shot" of the day. At any given time a food establishment may have more or fewer violations than noted at the time of inspection. A food service inspection may not reflect the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. An important fact to note is that many violations noted on inspection are corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving.

If you believe that you are suffering from a food related or food-borne illness, please contact a medical doctor for advice as a food borne illness cannot be confirmed without laboratory testing & analysis. In addition, residents should also contact Environmental Health Services so that an assessment can be made at the establishment.

If you have a question or concern about a food service establishment within the Town of Flower Mound, please do not hesitate to contact Environmental Health Services at 972.874.6340.