Dallas Considers Changes To Restaurant Inspections

Steven Pickering
August 07, 2018 - 3:47 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - Members of the Dallas City Council on Wednesday will consider adopting a new system for prioritizing the work done by the city's health inspectors.

The plan would place a priority on inspecting restaurants and school or hospital cafeterias while reducing the number of inspections for other businesses that sell food.

"Some establishments would only be inspected every other year, others would be inspected once per year. But still the majority would be inspected every six months," said Kris Sweckard, Director of Code Compliance for the City of Dallas.

Businesses classified as low-risk would receive less frequent inspections. "Risk level one is where they have no cooking process - they have pre-packaged foods," Sweckard said. "Risk level two would be just a very limited menu selection, and maybe they're re-heating some items that are already cooked."

For restaurants and institutional cafeterias, the plan calls for maintaining the current requirement of at least two inspections per year.

The rapid growth in the number of restaurants in Dallas is one of the factors behind the new risk-based system.

"We need our inspectors to take the time that's necessary to inspect those facilities. With increasing numbers, it's more and more of a demand on those limited resources," Sweckard said. "So you either have to hire more resources or you have to figure out a smarter, better way to use your resources - and that's what we've done."

If it is approved by the Dallas City Council, the new system would take effect October 1st.