The City-County Health Unit Food Services site provides information to users regarding temporary food establishments, certification for food managers and food handlers and how food establishments are scored during routine inspections conducted within Kleberg County.
Food Establishment Inspections
Routine inspections are unannounced and performed at regular intervals throughout the year based on risk category. Risk levels include low, moderate and high risk. Routine inspections are conducted three to four times per year based on the risk category. Establishment scoring is based on a demerit system, as per The Texas Food Establishment Group Rules. There are two types of violations. Critical violations are 5, 4, and 3 demerit violations and non-critical violations.
Critical Violations are improper practices and actions that directly contribute to food contamination and temperature abuse that may pose a potential risk to the public health, resulting in food borne illness. Critical violations must be corrected immediately or as directed by the Health Department.
Non-critical violations are unacceptable practices that normally relate to the physical condition of an establishment, including equipment, cleaning and storage. Non-critical violations must be corrected before the next routine inspection or as directed by the Health Department.
Temporary Food Establishments
All temporary food establishments shall comply with the Texas Food Establishment Rules Section 229.170. The City-County Health Unit may also impose additional requirements to protect the well-being of all citizens related to the event.
Events held within the City of Kingsville may require additional permits from various departments within the city. A temporary event permit must be obtained from the City-County Health Unit 48 hours prior to the event (excluding weekends). Food handlers must have at least a minimum of a food handler card for temporary events. Further rules regarding temporary food establishments can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
Download Temporary Food Establishment Rules
Info for Food Manager Certification and Food Handlers
As per the Texas Food Establishment Rules, food service and mobile food establishments are required to have at least one (1) certified food manager on premises during hours of operation. The following institutions offer the Food Manager Certification Course:
Del Mar College
3909 S Staples
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
Please visit the following links for more information regarding food manager certification:
Travis Robertson or Manny Campos
Phone# (512) 222-9106
Food Handler Course
Food handlers who handle food must have a valid food handler card. Standard and temporary food handler classes must be taught by a certified food manager or health department official. The following agencies and organizations offer the two-hour food handler course:
3421 N. FM 1355
Kingsville, Texas 78363
City of Corpus Christi
1702 Horne Road
Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
Please visit the following links for more information regarding food handler certification:
For more information or to learn more about food safety methods and programs, contact the City-County Health Unit at (361) 592-3324 or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Food Establishments Group