Public Health Region 8 - Retail Food Safety


To protect public health through the efficient operation of a comprehensive, progressive retail food protection program focusing on education, training, and oversight, which will ultimately reduce the potential for foodborne illness in Texas.


The Department of State Health Services started the state retail food inspection program after passing Senate Bill 241 during the 73rd legislative session in 1993.  The law requires DSHS to permit and inspect retail food facilities in areas of the state where no local health authority regulates the services.


The Retail Food Safety inspectors in Region 8:

  • Conduct retail food inspections

  • Respond to inquiries from consumers and local health jurisdictions

  • Interface with other programs in Region 8 to solve problems regarding the food supply and provide more efficient services for our clients 




County Assignments 

  Genevieve Guerrero, RS  210-501-5261  Dimmit, Frio, LaSalle, Medina*
  Carlos Mora, RS  512-963-7213  Bandera, Comal*, Kerr*, Real
  Ruth Murray, RS   210-216-6810  Atascosa*, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Lavaca
  Maricela Zamarripa, RS  210-487-0962  Edwards, Kinney, Maverick*, Uvalde*, Zavala

* Local inspectors conduct inspections in one or more municipality in the County. Region 8 counties not included in the above table have local inspectors who conduct all food establishment inspections.


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