KSAT Defenders inve­stigate Schertz restaurant insp­ections

Schertz health officials renewing focus, better enforcing rules

SCHERTZ, Texas - There is a renewed focus on restaurant health inspections in Schertz and the changes are getting mixed reviews.

A restaurant worker recently complained to the KSAT Defenders the city was going too far in regulating restaurants and their employees, but no matter how restaurants see it, the city said their methods are good for customers.

The complaint centered around workers having a food handler card. The employee claimed that was a new requirement and not fair to poorly paid kitchen help.

However, Schertz health inspectors said there are no new rules for food service workers, but there is a renewed focus on enforcing the existing rules already on the books.

Schertz City Health Inspector Brad bailey is now full time and focusing on food handlers and restaurant inspections.

"We've got great restaurants in this town and actually inspections is a great way to show off how good these restaurants are," Bailey said.

Schertz resident Robert Wachsmann said he was glad to hear of the stepped up inspections. "If we see food or dirty floors, we've even walked out of places. Just because it's like, oh no, it's just not clean. So I think it's a good thing they're stepping up," Wachsmann said. 

The owner of Melanie's Cafe welcomed the new procedures when asked by the KSAT Defenders. "It doesn't bother you? No, no. You're ready for them? Yes, we're ready. We keep everything clean, safe."

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