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.

• Red Lobster, 4328 S. Noland Road – On March 16, the dipping well on the cook line was not flowing.

• Gold Lion, 2411 S. M-291 – On March 20, raw chicken was stored above ready-to-eat food in back cooler, and raw pork and shrimp were stored above ready-to-eat chicken and noodles in the front cooler.

• 7-Eleven, 16801 E. Gudgell Road – On March 20, equipment was not sanitized after washing and no sanitizer was made up.

• Hardees, 4011 S. Noland Road – On March 21, food on the prep line was not being kept at 41 degrees or below. Both soda machines were found heavily soiled.

• Little Caesars, 11203 E. U.S. 24 – On March 21, tubs of flour and other items on the bottom shelf of the prep table had no lids.

• QuikTrip, 11101 E. U.S. 40 – On March 21, ice cream topping spoons had dried ice cream on them.

• The Lunch Box, 13605 E. 35th St. – On March 22, spray bottles of chemicals were hanging on the kitchen hand sink.

• Mr Goodcents, 3010 S. M-291 – On March 23, no sanitizer was made up.

• A Little Bar-B-Que Joint, 1101 W. U.S. 24 – On March 28, inspectors found sauce cooling at room temperature.

• Machetes Authentic Mexican Food, 9104 E. 35th St. S. – On March 28, procedures were not followed to prevent contamination in packaged/unpackaged food.

• Price Chopper, 16611 E. 23rd St. – On March 28, one part of the steam table containing fried chicken was 119 degrees; discarded. The prep table in the Asian grill was out of temperature.

• Tokyo Star, 19321 E. U.S. 40 – On March 28, inspectors found the food in the walk-in cooler uncovered.

• Wendy's, 2528 S. M-291 – On March 28, sliced tomatoes on the sandwich line were 54 degrees; discarded.

• Denny's, 2500 S. M-291 – On March 29, the dipping well not working and in use; repair.

• Englewood Cafe, 10904 Winner Road – On March 29, cook line cooler meats were above 41 degrees.

• Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen, 19700 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On March 29, the lid was missing from a can of flour; the hand sink on the prep line closest to walk-ins had a spray bottle and an unidentified item stored in the basin; and a spray bottle of chemicals was found on the hand sink in the bar.

• Auntie Anne's Pretzel's, 18813 E. 39th St. – On March 30, no sanitizer was made up and available.

• Gloria Jeans Coffees, 18813 E. 39th St. S. – On March 30, The dipping well not working.

• Long John Silvers/A&W, 11211 E. U.S. 40 – On March 30, three managers had no valid Independence Manager Cards. The fry scoop was stored between two tight fitting counters at the pass thru window.

• Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road – On April 2, raw chicken was stored above beef, shrimp and vegetables in the walk-in. Hard boiled eggs were 54 degrees; discarded. There was inadequate sanitizer in the mechanical ware washing machine; the can opener was covered in food debris; there was no sanitizer made up; and the hand sink by the back prep area not working.

• Mandarin House, 1643 W. 23rd St. – On April 2, time and temperature requirements were not meet.

• Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave. – On April 3, the low temperature was blocked off of the dish washing machine; service company was called.

• Golden Rice, 1435 S. Noland Road – On April 3, eggs were found sitting out with a temperature of 54 degrees. The entire buffet table of fried dumplings, spring rolls, fried mushrooms, sweet/sour chicken, egg rolls and crab rangoon were out of temperature.

• Mama Garden, 4000 S. Noland Road – On April 4, dirty knives were stored on the wall magnet. Staff was seen shucking peas in the dinning room near guests by fellow health department employees. The hand sink was full of gloves, a pan and other various equipment making them inaccessible.

• Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road – On April 5, the hand sink was not working.

• Wendy's, 2528 S. M-291 – On April 5, the prep cooler was out of temperature.

• Master Wok, 4810 S. Arrowhead Drive – On April 10, tubs of chicken, beef and shrimp in the walk-in cooler had no lids; a pan of cellophane noodles was found on a shelf below the prep table without a lid; and a container of carrots and celery were found on the floor of the walk-in cooler without a lid.

• Old Mexico, 1032 E. 23rd St. – On April 11, there was clutter in the kitchen, dining room, in the bar area and bar area cabinets; re-inspection required.

• Sam's Southern Eatery, 11701 E. U.S. 24 – On April 12, the cashier working behind the counter had inappropriate facial piercing; employee was given the choice of removing piercing or going home, a ticket will be issued on the next violation. Beef patties in the make table were 54.7 degrees, and shredded lettuce was 51.1 degrees; both were discarded. Shrimp on the breading table was 61.1 degrees; discarded. A spray bottle of chemical was found on the prep table without a label.

• Outback Steakhouse, 20000 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On April 13, the hand sink in the bar had two bottles of syrup in the basin and the hand sink on the expo line had a whisk and a large amount of ice. There were no paper towels at the hand sinks.

• BD's Mongolian BBQ, 19750 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On April 16, a whisk and knife were found in the prep area hand sink, and receipt books in the bar hand sink.

• Jack's Donuts, 2400 S. Lee's Summit Road – On April 16, multiple containers of filling, frosting and doughnut containers were being reused with dates from 2016 and 2017. The fryer was covered in baked on grease and dough; containers of frosting and filling were covered in multiple layers of dough and other food matter. Racks were covered in food debris; the mixer was covered with debris; and multiple baked on layers of dough were in the front display cabinet. The front drink cooler contained debris and the front rug was soiled. The following were not being cleaned at least every 24 hours: The prep table was covered in flour and other debris; the cooling racks contained icing and baked on dough; the dough flattener had dried on debris and spider webbing; the display trays were covered in food debris; and the measuring device had an inch thick of flour build-up.

• Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, 19800 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On April 16, gloves were found in the hand sink in bar area.

• Subway, 18921 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On April 16, kitchen staff working in food dispensing had inappropriate facial piercing and tongue piercing; piercings were removed and tickets will be issued on next offense.

• Wendy's, 9022 E. U.S. 40 – On April 16, the premises was not free of insects rodents and other pest.

• Steak 'N Shake, 13621 E. U.S. 40 – On April 17, items on the make tables and in the walk-in cooler were only marked with a day of the week; these items must be marked with a date for them to be disposed of which must be no more than 7 days, repeat violation. Beef patties in the drop cooler were 55.1 degrees; discarded. The drop in cooler and the make table cooler on the cook line were not maintaining a temperature below 41 degrees; service immediately, do no use until fixed. Tables had dried substances on them; all surfaces on the cook line were dirty; the area below the flat top grills had a heavy grease build-up; the inside of the fryer doors had extremely heavy grease and food debris build-up; the shelf above the drop cooler was dirty; and the milk machine in the ice cream station had dried milk build-up. Even though no pests were found, there was a multitude of food sources, including the oil /grease container near the back door; the excessive grease build-up on the floor and the top, as well as the food debris in the strainer on the top are attractants to pests.

• Subway, 11201 E. U.S. 24 – On April 17, there was an excessive amount of trash around the Dumpster; facility was given 24 hours to clean it up.

• Wendy's, 9022 E. U.S. 40 – On April 17, live roaches were found; re-inspection required.

• Corner Cafe, 4215 S. Little Blue Pkwy. – On April 18, a pan of sliced onions in the walk-in had a use by date of April 17; discarded.

• Salty Iguana, 17717 E. U.S. 40 – On April 18, the cook did not wash his hands before putting on gloves. The cooking staff was assembling food without gloves; the cook stated that the food would be fried.

• Los Compas, 18011 E. U.S. 24 – On April 19, the cook was observed drying his hands and arms with a cloth towel. There was no available sanitizer on the cook line. A 5 gallon bucket previously used to store dish liquid was full of sugar; discarded and and manage educated on the risks of this procedure.

• Food Mart, 11100 E. U.S. 40 – On April 20, the ice machine and soda dispensers were not being kept clean.

– Jillayne Ritchie