The City of Independence Environmental Health Division conducts inspections anywhere food is handled, prepared and served to the public within city limits. Critical violations must be handled within 72 hours. 

Food Mart, 11100 E. U.S. 40 – On June 19, inspectors found no paper towels at the hand sink in the front prep area or back prep area, and a multi-purpose cleaner was being used as sanitizer. 

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 1348 S. Noland Road – On June 30, there was no sanitized water available in the prep area or the serving area. The hand sink across from the ware washing sink was inaccessible due to having a gallon of cleaner and empty sanitizer buckets in the basin. There was also spray bottles of chemicals hanging on the side of the basin. The paper towel dispenser at the ware washing hand sink was empty and the soap dispenser was not functioning; a bottle of pump soap must be provided. The hand sink at the slicing station had a wiping cloth lying on the edge. There were no employees on staff with a valid Independence Food Managers Card; future inspections with no manager on duty with this card will result in store closure until a manager with a card can arrive on site. 

Nuts & Bolts Hardware, 2337 S. M-291 – On July 6, several packages of expired beef jerky and assorted nuts were found on shelves. 

Soupe Glacee, 201 N. Forest Ave. – On July 6, an employee touched several surfaces with gloves on and did not change them; corrected through discussion. 

– Jillayne Ritchie