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Environmental Health


The role of Environmental Health is to develop and promote measures which modify or control factors that cause illness, injury, or discomfort to people.



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Food Establishment Inspection Sheets

Rodent & Mosquito Control

Abilene Restaurant Inspection Scores

Neighborhood Public Health Concerns
                                              

Temporary Booth Regs2011

Mobile Unit Regs 2011 with Application


The Environmental Health office is located at Abilene City Hall, 555 Walnut, Suite 100,
Abilene, TX. We are open Monday through Fridayfrom 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.


Contact Us

Phone:
(325) 437-4590

Mailing Address:
City of Abilene
Environmental Health
P.O. Box 60
Abilene, TX 79604-0060

 

Keep “Food Safe” in 2014

Safe Handling of

Complete Meals to Go

 

In today’s busy world, many convenience foods; including complete meals to go are popular.

Most are consumed immediately, although there are times when ready prepared foods are

purchased in advance to be eaten at a later time.

 

Perishable foods can cause illness when mishandled and improperly stored. Proper handling is

essential to ensure the food is safe.

 

PURCHASED HOT

     Eating Within 2 Hours?

Pick up food HOT and keep it HOT. Eat and enjoy your food within 2 hours to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying.

 

     Not Eating Within 2 Hours?

Keeping foods warm is not enough. Harmful bacteria grow rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees F.

 

PURCHASED COLD

Keep COLD Food COLD---Refrigerate or freeze immediately. Cold food should be 

 held at 40 degrees or colder.

 

REHEATING?

You may wish to reheat your meal, whether it was purchased hot and then refrigerated or purchased cold initially. Heat thoroughly to 165 degrees!

If heating in the microwave oven, cover food and rotate dish so it heats evenly.

Inadequate heating in the microwave can contribute to illnesses.

 

 

Keep HOT foods HOT & COLD foods COLD!

 

 

 

 

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FOOD ESTABLISHMENT INSPECTION SHEETS

Violations Require Immediate Corrective Action (5 points)

  • Proper Cooling for Cooked/Prepared Food
  • Cold Hold (41 degrees Fahrenheit/45 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Hot Hold (135 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Proper Cooking Temperatures
  • Rapid Reheating (165 degrees Fahrenheit in 2 Hrs)



Violations Require Immediate Corrective Action (4 points)

  • Personnel with infections
  • Restricted/Excluded
  • Proper/Adequate Handwashing
  • Good Hygienic Practices (Eating/Drinking/Smoking/Other)
  • Approved Source/Labeling
  • Sound Condition
  • Proper Handling of Ready-To-Eat FoodsCross Contamination of Raw/Cooked Foods/Other
    Approved Systems (HACCP Plans/Time as Public Health Control)
  • Water Supply - Approved Source/Sufficient Capacity/Hot and Cold Under Pressure



Violations Require Immediate Corrective Action, Not to Exceed 10 Days(3 points)

  • Equipment Adequate to Maintain Product Temperature
  • Handwash Facilities Adequate and Accessible
  • Handwash Facilities with Soap and Towels
  • No Evidence of Insect Contamination
  • No Evidence of Rodents/Other Animals
  • Toxic Items Properly Labeled/Stored/Used
  • Manual/Mechanical Warewashing and Sanitizing at ( ) ppm/temperature
  • Manger Demonstration of Knowledge/Certified Food Manager
  • Approved Sewage/Wastewater Disposal System, Proper Disposal
  • Thermometers Provided/Accurate/Properly Calibrated (+/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Food Contact Surfaces of Equipment and Utensils leaned/Sanitized/Good Repair
  • Posting of Consumer Advisories (Heimlich/Disclosure/Reminder/Buffet Plate)
  • Food Establishment Permit




IMPORTANT LINKS

Texas Food Establishment Rules

Summary of changes to Texas Food Establishment Rules


Using pH, aw, or the Interaction of pH and aw to Determine if a Food Requires Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS)


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NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS

The City of Abilene has a Nuisance Ordinance that is partially enforced by Environmental Health. Specifically, we address nuisance conditions that are of public health significance, such as broken sewer lines and stagnant pools of water that provide hatiching sites for mosquitoes. Citizens can call 437-4590 to register a complaint about these issues.

  • * Repair broken sewer lines immediately. Standing sewage is considered a significant public health hazard.


  • * Do not allow water to collect on your property. Old tires, flower pots, pet watering dishes, bird baths, clogged rain gutters, and wading pools can hold water long enough to become breeding sites for mosquitoes. Get rid of your old tires and any other junk item that holds water. Empty flower pots, watering dishes, bird baths, and wading pools regularly and refill with fresh water. Be sure that your rain gutters are not clogged and holding water.



A lot of things can be recycled now. The City of Abilene Recycling Center is located at 2209 Oak. They accept aluminum cans, anti-freeze, bi-metal cans, glass, magazines, newspaper, used oil and oil filters, tires, tree limbs and trunks, bagged grass and leaves, and household hazardous waste. For more information call 672-2209.

For more information about other recycling centers in Abilene, contact Keep Abilene Beautiful at 734-3301.

If you have materials to take to the sanitary landfill, you can call BFI at 672-7613 for more information.


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RODENT AND MOSQUITO CONTROL

Rodents can destroy property, spread filth and disease, and generally are undesirable in your neighborhood. You can discourage rodents from living on your property by keeping the area around your home clean. Items stored on your property such as firewood or lumber should be stacked at least 18" up off of the ground to prevent harborage. Dog food or cat food should be put out in small amounts only. Dishes should be taken up and not left out.

Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can spread disease to you or your pets. Do not allow water to collect on your property. Old tires, flower pots, pet watering dishes, bird baths, clogged rain gutters, and wading pools can hold water long enough to become breeding sites for mosquitoes. Get rid of your old tires and any other junk item that holds water. Empty flower pots, watering dishes, bird baths, and wading pools regularly and refill with fresh water. Be sure that your rain gutters are not clogged and holding water.


Report Mosquito Problems


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City of Abilene Temporary Food Service Requirements


View the Texas Food Establishment Rules at:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/

 

Cottage Food Production Operations

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/cfpo/

 

Temporary Food Service Requirements and Application


Any questions? Call the Environmental Health Section at (325) 437-4590.




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