Apr 5, 2013 7:31 PM by Morgan Frances - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - Nothing beats fresh shrimp right off the boat but what are the health regulations when it comes to storing and selling shrimp? Is the shrimp people buy from boats and vendors safe? And do the fishermen follow health department requirements?
A representative at the health department says these food truck vendors as well as fishermen at the marina have to follow two main guidelines. One, they have to keep the non-living shrimp at 45 degrees, maximum temperature. Two, if they happen to have any cuts on their hands, they must wear gloves.
When asked if he wears gloves, Herline Vela, a shrimp salesman, said, "No. I mean we do have our health permit and everyone keeps their hands clean."
While the fishermen at the Peoples Street T-head said they keep their hands clean, none of them seemed to know about the latex glove rule. When it came down to testing the temperature they stored their shrimp no one seemed to have a thermometer despite the ones who claimed they did.
"I usually use my hands because that's the one that tells me it's freezing in there," Vela said as he chuckled.
Another fisherman, Kevin Richardson, said he had a temperature gage but couldn't find it. After borrowing a thermometer from Harrison's Landing, a restaurant nearby, we tested their shrimp containers. Vela passed with flying colors; his shrimp container registered at least ten degrees below the recommended temperature.
Another fisherman, Boe Casa, started throwing ice into his cooler when we told him we wanted to test it's temperature. Quickly tossing the thermometer into the cooler before the fresh ice registered, the temperature in Casa's container also came in well below the mandated degrees.
Although the fishermen's ways of keeping up with health standards seemed unorthodox, for the most part they seemed to follow most of the requirements.
Paul's Seafood, a roadside vendor, refused to show the inside of their coolers to Six News. The health department says they inspected each vendor and shrimp boat at the beginning of this year and if you're wondering if your fisherman passed or not, just ask to see their permit.