April 12 Restaurant Report Card: Grocery store shocker

Published On: Apr 12 2012 04:09:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2012 10:40:19 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Houston health inspectors don't just check out restaurants. They inspect every business that sells food. 

When inspectors stopped by Foodarama at 1805 Ella Boulevard, they said they saw an employee putting new price labels on chicken that had already expired. 

The inspector made the employee trash all of the old chicken.

A Foodarama representative said the employee was not supposed to be relabeling expired chicken, only putting lower prices on poultry that was near expiration. He said the employee was disciplined. 

KPRC Local 2 was surprised to learn that stores are allowed to repackage and re-label chicken after the expiration date as long as the chicken was originally packaged and dated in the store. Any meat that comes already packaged to the store, like Tyson or Pilgrim's Pride, can =not be repackaged. It must be discarded when it expires.

At IHOP on the South Loop at Beechnut, inspectors said they saw a roach on a glass storage rack.

Inspectors said another roach was crawling on the floor behind the bar at Little Napoli Flying Pizza at 6445 Westheimer. 

Even more roaches  were hanging out at The Burger House at 12430 Old Galveston Road. Inspectors said they found three roaches there. 

Double trouble at Sophia in Montrose at 1601 West Main. Inspectors asked employees to remove old rodent droppings and minimize the presence of cockroaches. 

Inspectors asked employees to get rid of the gnats in the kitchen at The Palm Restaurant at 6100 Westheimer.

Head to Chili's at10001 Westheimer to get an A+ meal. Inspectors found no violations there or at The Firehouse Saloon at 5930 Southwest Freeway.