If you’ve recently gone to a Texans game at Reliant Stadium and left feeling sick, it may not be just because of the team’s poor play. Instead, think about what you’ve eaten, and where you got it from.
In the past two years, the city wrote 400 tickets for health code violations at Reliant Park, many of them for things inspectors did not find: enough hot water, hand-washing stations, adequate maintenance or proper food storage.Despite there being just a few rats, the sheer number of violations has to be alarming to Texans fans visiting the stadium. But little would you know, rodents may gross people out, but they’re not the biggest problems facing kitchen facilities. Water is.
But despite a few instances of insects, rodents and food crud in ovens and on preparation equipment, a health department official categorized the overall Reliant visits as "probably not bad inspections."
For example, a concession stand that showed evidence of rodents in February received a better inspection rating than one that had no hot water, not enough potable water and no convenient hand-washing sink.Just thinking about what’s inside a hot dog or brat is scary enough. But that, plus all of these violations? Well, I’d bring my own food to the stadium. Then again, who knows how my kitchen would fare if the health department showed up unannounced at my apartment.