The Kansas City Health Department has temporarily pulled the permit for C. Withers Express on Prospect.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
During a follow-up inspection by the health department on March 27, the permit holder of the operation or a representative interfered with the inspection and “made the inspector feel unsafe” to continue the inspection, according to the health department. The inspection was then put on hold.
The permit holder met with health department staff on April 3 and was told the permit would be revoked on April 18th unless a written request for a hearing was submitted before that date. Once the permit is revoked, the permit holder can’t reapply for six months. The permit holder has not submitted a request yet.
“It is rare that we have to take this step, but again, we take the safety of our inspectors very seriously,” said Jeff Hershberger, spokesman for the department.
C. Withers Express had a pre-operational inspection in September 2011. Inspection results have since varied from no criticals to 13 criticals during a mid-2012 inspection. It had a routine inspection on March 7 with 10 critical violations and a follow-up inspection on March 20 with five critical violations.
Officials with C. Withers Express at 3445 Prospect Ave. could not be reached for comment.
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