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June 4, 2009

Slime reported to be in area restaurants ice machines

With the summer heat, people are in search of a cold drink and but they may want to take a look at the ice in a few local food establishments before gulping it down.

According to food inspection reports by the Orange County Health Department, a few restaurants have a growing problem of slime in their ice machines.

According to officials, the slime is either a orange or blackish color and tends to be located on the plastic area of the machine.

Ice is considered a food product and has a possibility of being contaminated.

Officials suggest to avoid the slime the machine needs to wiped down frequently with disinfectant.

Orange County Health Department officials inspect local food establishments at least twice a year to help protect the public from bacteria and foodborne illnesses.

Five field inspectors visit grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, schools and the county jail. The inspectors do not set appointments for the inspections, but randomly appear at the locations.

The score given to the business is based on a demerit system and a failing score is below 70. If a business scores below a 70, it may have to shut down until the problem is fixed.

The idea of this is not to punish the business owner, but to protect the health of the public. The business is also protected because people would not want to go to a restaurant that is dirty or makes people sick from contaminated food, according to health department officials.

• Casa Ole

1015 N. Main

Vidor

Score: 76

Received demerits for: food items in the cold hold were not at the proper temperature, lack of proper handling for ready-to-eat foods, the handwash facilities needed soap and towels, evidence of flies, mold in the ice machine, food and debris on the floors, buildup in the ice cream fryer and a thermometers were needed.

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