Inspections - University of Houston
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Routine Inspections

  • All food establishments are subject to being inspected at random and a minimum of two times per year.
  • The location supervisor will be notified of inspection upon arrival.
  • Food establishments scoring less than a 90 on a routine inspection will receive a compliance inspection, also at random, within 14 days of the routine inspection.
    • If an establishment scores less than a 90 on the compliance inspection, then the establishment will undergo a follow-up inspection within 5 days of the compliance inspection.
    • If an establishment scores less than a 90 on the follow-up inspection, then all operations will be ceased until all violations are corrected.

Pre-Opening Inspections

  • Facility and operating plans are required for review and approval before the construction of a food establishment, the conversion of an existing structure for use as a food establishment, and the remodeling of a food establishment or a change of the type of food establishment. Ensure that the Food Safety Team is involved in the early stages of planning to assist with food establishment requirements.
    • These establishments must undergo and pass a pre-opening inspection from the Food Safety Team prior to operating.  
    • To receive approval, any violations found during the plan review or inspection must be corrected within the given time.
    • A HACCP plan must be submitted if a variance is required and if the food safety team determines that a food preparation or processing method requires a HACCP plan.
  • New concepts/remodels may not operate without a formal approval and a valid permit issued by a UH Food Safety Specialist.