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Area food establishments are cited for health code violations

Updated: 2013-08-01T22:54:45Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

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:

• China Garden, 5860 Antioch Road, Merriam, had nine priority violations during a July 29 inspection following a complaint, including raw salmon stored over ready-to-eat carrots, peas and lemons; raw bacon-wrapped hot dogs stored over cooked seafood salad; and raw chicken stored over containers of raw shrimp.

Restaurant officials did not return phone calls.

• Fronteras Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 13415 S. Blackbob Road, Olathe, had eight priority violations during a July 26 routine inspection, including a container of red sauce without a date. (An employee didn’t know when it was made, so the red sauce was discarded.)

Restaurant officials did not return phone calls.

• IHOP, 1919 Prairie Crossing St., Kansas City, Kan., had six priority violations during a July 25 inspection following a complaint, including a box of raw bacon stored above cooked sausage links and raw beef stored above raw chicken in the cooler.

The manager said all the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

• Laura Little’s Candies, 2100-2104 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, had 10 violations during a July 24 inspection, including 10 to 15 fresh mouse droppings in the back storage area and the cold packaging room and three fresh rat droppings under storage racks in a dry storage area.

“It has been cleaned up,” said manager Fred Perez.

• Paleteria Tropicana, 151 S. 18th St., Suite N, Kansas City, Kan., had eight priority violations during a July 26 routine inspection, including no soap at the hand sink.

“We were waiting for the soap provider, who was on her way, and we fixed it right away,” said owner Jose Luis.

• Sports Cave Bar & Grill, 11440 W. 135th St., Overland Park, had six priority violations during a July 30 routine inspection, including raw beef stored in a drawer above raw chicken in the cooler.

The owner had no comment.

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

The Environmental Public Health Food & Institution Division of the Independence Health Department cited these operations:

• Bass Pro Shops’ Islamorada Fish Co., 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, had three critical violations during a July 23 inspection, including food held at improper temperatures.

“We had some equipment down that was repaired the next day and all the product was discarded,” said general manager J.R. Sutton.

• Golden Super Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence, had six critical violations during a July 12 inspection, including large quantities of seafood and meat sitting on tables during preparation. (According to regulations, only small portions of food should be worked on at a time to maintain proper food temperatures.)

Restaurant officials did not return phone calls.

• Wendy’s, 925 W. U.S. 24, Independence, had three critical violations during a July 18 inspection, including multiple flies and/or gnats in the facility.

“First and foremost, we truly appreciated the health inspectors. They are an independent pair of eyes. We fixed the first two issues pretty easily and for the third we brought in the pest control company twice within a week to make sure it was remedied,” said Denny Lynch, spokesman for Wendy’s.

| Joyce Smith, jsmith@kcstar.com

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