Area food establishments cited for health code violations

07/11/2013 3:03 PM

07/11/2013 3:03 PM

These Kansas City area food establishments in recent inspections 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:

• China Buffet, 2030 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, had seven priority violations during a July 2 follow-up inspection, including ham at improper temperatures on the hot bar (ham discarded) and sushi held at improper temperatures on the sushi bar (sushi discarded).

The owner declined to comment.

• Niji Sushi, 1811 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, had 17 violations during a June 26 routine inspection, including moldy strawberries in a cooler (strawberries discarded) and raw fish stored over raw lettuce in a cooler.

It had two violations during a July 3 follow-up inspection.

“Every single violation has been corrected,” said owner Shaylin Chi.

• Pho Good, 10703 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, had eight priority violations during a July 2 routine inspection, including no hand-washing sink in the kitchen or ware-washing prep areas.

“Everything has been corrected,” said manager Peter Nguyen.

• Pho Vietnam, 8602 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, had seven violations during a July 3 inspection after a complaint, including frozen chicken and frozen beef being thawed at room temperature.

A manager said the violations had been corrected.

• Vietnam Cafe, 2200 W. 39th Ave., Kansas City, Kan., had seven violations during a June 4 routine inspection, including three live roaches, along with dead roaches in several places.

“We had a brand name exterminator, but whatever they used it didn’t seem to be working, so I switched to a local company,” said manager Brian Lam.

For complete inspection reports on Kansas restaurant operations, go to


The Environmental Health Division of the Jackson County Public Works Department cited these operations for three or more critical violations:

• Cosentino’s Apple Market, 11501 E. 63rd St., Raytown, had three critical violations during a June 4 inspection, including multiple items in a deli meat case past the seven-day discard date, such as chicken breast and pepper jack cheese dated May 23 and pickle loaf dated May 28 (repeat violations requiring a reinspection).

“All violations were corrected on site, and the store passed its reinspection,” said Mark Winslow, spokesman for the company.

• Golden Eggroll, 1800 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs, had four critical violations during a June 11 inspection, including no detectable sanitizer in the dishwashing machine (a violation requiring a reinspection).

The owner said the violations had been corrected.

• Las Playas, 1016 N.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, had three critical violations during a June 13 inspection, including ready-to-eat meats not labeled in the prep reach-in cooler (a repeat violation requiring a reinspection).

Restaurant officials did not return phone calls.

• Monetti’s Taste of Italy, 1313 N.E. Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, had four critical violations during a July 1 inspection, including pepperoni slices and sausage in the pizza prep table cooler held at improper temperatures (food discarded).

“All the situations regarding the violations have been fixed already,” said kitchen manager Javier Bracero.

For complete Jackson County inspection reports, go to

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