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On Target

Percent of permitted restaurants with a passing health inspection score

Safety | Desired Measure Result: Above Target

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Code Compliance issues health permits to all businesses that offer food to the public and meet minimum safety standards. Health inspectors regularly conduct unannounced inspections of these businesses. Food safety violations are assigned points, 1, 2, or 3 points, based on the risk of causing food borne illness.  A food establishment fails their inspection when the cumulative score is 30 points or greater. The city’s goal is to have 95 percent of all food establishments pass each inspection. Food establishments that have a failing score pose a public health risk. Determining which establishments are underperforming allows Consumer Health to allocate necessary resources to these businesses and ensure immediate corrections are made for improved safety moving forward.

The focus by Consumer Health on educating and training the operators of food businesses in Fort Worth has influenced the consistent achievement of this goal. Annually, Code Compliance conducts over 10,000 restaurant inspections at over 4,500 businesses across the city. Fast-food restaurants are inspected twice a year, and full-service restaurants are inspected three to four times per year.  Businesses that fail their inspection are subject to an increased number of annual inspections and citations. Additionally, businesses may be closed by Code Compliance and not allowed to reopen until the necessary corrections are made.