The Health Department 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 the City of Kingsville.
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.
Effective immediately, The City of Kingsville-Health Department will start issuing temporary food event permits for food service vendors within city limits. The permit fees are $30.00 if the vendor is for profit and $20.00 if the vendor is non-profit.
If anyone plans to sell food that is not prepackaged within city limits, vendors will need to contact the Kingsville Health Department at 361-592-3324 and request a TFE permit form. Vendors will be provided information regarding the minimum requirements to have a successful fundraiser. The Kingsville Health Department will also provide information to vendors on CDC COVID-19 guidelines, such as 6’ social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand sanitizer usage. Drive-thru services are highly encouraged. Payment for permits will be accepted at the Cottage Building where staff will issue a temporary food event permit.
Any vendor distributing food within city limits without a temporary food event permit will be in violation of City Ordinances Sec 11-7-17. – Permit provisions.
All temporary food establishments shall comply with the Texas Food Establishment Rules Section 229.170. The 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 Health Department 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
DOWNLOAD MOBILE FOOD UNIT APPLICATION
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 Health Department at (361) 592-3324 or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Food Establishments Group