Check out Fort Worth TX restaurant health inspection scores

A rundown of last month’s Fort Worth restaurant inspections reveals myriad violations, ranging from improperly stored food and poorly hygienic employees to black organic material observed on surfaces and dead animals in public.

A dozen restaurants within the city limits “dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents and other pests” were not removed in January, according to the Star Telegram Inspection database. There were products with toxic chemicals that were not approved for use in restaurants and that were reported in nine different companies. Live and dead cockroaches were observed in seven restaurants. One company, My Lan Bistro on 9180 North Freeway, reportedly used newspaper to cover washed lettuce.

According to the Star Telegram database, Los Vaqueros at 2629 Main St. had the most violations last month with 28. Surfaces couldn’t be seen or touched clean, inspectors found, and one shelf held expired caramel syrup, groceries in the walk-in refrigerator with no expiration date, and rusty shelves to store dishes.

Taqueria El Bayo at 1513 NW 25th St. had 27 violations, including foods with improper internal temperatures, soup containers on the floor, leaks in a sink, and two cans of raid restaurants are not allowed to use.

Seventeen restaurants had no violations, data shows.

Star-Telegram’s restaurant database receives monthly inspections from the City of Fort Worth and puts them on an online tool. Users can scroll through the inspections, from most violations to fewest violations or vice versa, or use the search bar. People can search for restaurant names or keywords like “cockroach” or “mold”.

Restaurants with a score greater than 30 must take corrective action within 48 hours.

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Here are the inspection results and violations for restaurants within Fort Worth city limits for January 2021. The results are based on a system of errors. If the total exceeds 30, the restaurant must take corrective action immediately for all critical violations identified and then has 48 hours to take corrective action for all other violations. Enter a keyword or restaurant name to search the restaurant inspections. You can also sort by score.

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Jack Howland is a news and corporate reporter. Before joining Star Telegram in May 2019, he spent two and a half years as a breaking news reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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