Local Store Violates Health Department Regulations

By: Natasha Sweatte Email
By: Natasha Sweatte Email

A local Filipino store had its permit revoked Saturday for selling home- cooked food without the Health Department's authorization.

"An Inspector went over there," said Brazos County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist Director, Don Plitt. "He walked in and asked if he could buy some BBQ and he was told yes; and so from that point on, he went to his car came back and told them you can't do that."

Plitt said it's simply against the law to prepare food without the restaurant basics.

"Number one, they don't have a food manager's certification; you have to have that when you have a restaurant or a place to make food," said Plitt. "You also have to have a 3 base sink and you have to have a hand sink; at least one and none of those were present."

Filipiniana Asian Emporium is required to have a permit to sell prepackaged food, just like a convenience store., which they possess.
However, without meeting the necessary standards to cook food, Filipiniana Asian Emporium, by law, cannot cook food on the premises of their store to sell; nor can they cook food from home to sell.

"We have no idea under what conditions those were made under, so you take your chances," said Plitt.

The Health Department suspended their permit..Filipiniana Asian Emporium's permit Saturday and it was reinstated Tuesday. They have been open for business since. After several trips to the store, the employee we spoke with declined our offer for an on camera interview and said they have no comment at this time.

Plitt said the store was already warned in the past when they first opened and handed out samples of BBQ. He said it has been decided that although Filipiniana Asian Emporium can continue to sell their prepackaged foods under their current permit, Plitt said under the current owners, the store will not be allowed to sell cooked food in the future, even if building modifications are made.

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