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Area food establishments are cited for health code violations

Updated: 2013-07-26T20:14:47Z

These Kansas City area food establishments had many critical health code violations that could lead to food-borne illnesses. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture cited these operations for multiple health code violations:

• Bonner Springs Thriftway, 112 Oak St., Bonner Springs, had seven priority violations during a July 16 inspection following a complaint, including a raw fillet of beef touching containers of salsa in meat display units.

A manager declined to comment.

• 54th Street Grill & Bar, 14750 S. Harrison St., Olathe, had six priority violations during a July 11 inspection following a complaint, including milk, chicken tortilla soup, steak soup and dairy-based dressing held in a cooler at improper temperatures.

“All the violations were linked to one cooler in back that had gone low on Freon without the managers knowing. Everything in the cooler was discarded and we got it fixed that day,” said area director Benji Marcum.

The restaurant had one priority violation during a July 22 follow-up inspection.

• Tortilleria Y Carniceria San Antonio, 830 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had 10 priority violations during a July 18 follow-up inspection, including an employee who picked up cooked beef tongue with bare hands.

“Everything has been taken care of,” said owner Victor Contreras.

For complete inspection reports on Kansas restaurant operations, go to www.ksda.gov/food_safety.

The Platte County Health Department cited this operation for critical health code violations:

• Country Cookin’ Cafe, 524 Branch St., Platte City, had five critical violations during a June 13 inspection, including ham, cheese and eggs held at improper temperatures.

“They were in a sandwich cooler and they got a little bit hotter than they should have and they were pitched out right then and there,” said assistant manager Ruth Mary Clemens.

| Joyce Smith, jsmith@kcstar.com

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