March 8, 2013

Area food establishments are cited for health code violations

Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

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

• Charles Ball Market, 241 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., had nine violations during a Feb. 13 inspection following a complaint, including cooked sliced beef and cooked beans dated Feb. 6

In a statement, president John S. Ball said: “Consumer safety and compliance with Kansas health laws are extremely important to our company. … While we make every effort to comply with all requirements at all times, our policy is to address immediately any concern that is brought to our attention, whether it is communicated by store personnel, customers or an inspector.”

• China Garden, 5860 Antioch Road, Merriam, had eight violations during a Feb. 19 inspection following a complaint. While prepping food, an employee cut a ready-to-eat pepper with mold.

“We corrected the violations and we definitely will make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said manager Amy Gao.

• China Inn, 20166 W. 153rd St., Olathe, had nine violations during a Feb. 25 routine inspection, including shrimp held at improper temperatures.

Restaurant officials did not return phone calls.

• Ingredient, 11563 Ash St., Leawood, had eight violations during a Feb. 25 routine inspection, including cabernet vinaigrette dated Feb. 4, a container of maple balsamic dressing dated Feb. 11, a container of house-made ranch dressing dated Feb. 12, a container of Tuscan bean soup dated Feb. 13 and a container of cheese sauce dated Feb. 16. All were beyond a seven-day expiration date.

A manager had no comment.

• Kyoto Sushi Steak, 6792 W. 135th St., Overland Park, had 10 violations, including an ice machine in the kitchen that had red slime mold on the left side of the inner crevice and a soda nozzle holder in the bar that had mold buildup inside.

“We corrected all 10 violations right away,” said manager Harris Wu.

• Overland Park Convention Center, main kitchen, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, had seven violations during a Feb. 23 inspection, including cream not under temperature control at the self-service coffee station and lettuce prepped for salads not under temperature control.

The “violations were corrected on site. Food safety is a number one priority for us, and we continue to work with the food inspectors throughout the year, and we continue with training for our staff on a daily basis,” said food service director Lori Kennedy.

• RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, 11638 Ash St., Leawood, had eight violations during a Feb. 19 follow-up inspection, including an employee who handled soiled dishes used by customers and then handled clean dishware without washing hands between tasks.

In a statement, RA Sushi said: “We take these violations very seriously and have taken immediate steps to address each of them with our staff.”

• Sushi Mido, 6010 Nieman Road, Shawnee, had six violations during a Feb. 20 routine inspection, including scoops, a large stainless bowl and a colander all with dried food debris but stored as clean.

The sushi chef had no comment.

• Winstead’s, 10711 Roe Ave., Overland Park, had six violations during a Feb. 18 routine inspection, including sliced tomatoes, cream and sliced ham held at improper temperatures.

Restaurant officials referred calls to owners of the Haddad Restaurant Group. Officials with Haddad did not return phone calls.

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:

• Price Chopper, 12220 S. U.S. 71, Grandview, had three violations during a Feb. 13 inspection, including cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, organic milk and ranch dip held at improper temperatures in a cooler.

Store officials did not return phone calls.

• 54th Street Bar Grill, 1307 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs, had three critical violations during a Feb. 27 inspection, including raw chicken above vegetables in the walk-in cooler.

“All the violations were corrected on site while the health inspector was here,” said general manager Steve Hoffman.

For complete Jackson County inspection reports, go to


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