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.

• McCoy Neighborhood Market, 151 W. U.S. 24 – On May 21, toilet rooms must be totally enclosed and the rest room door does not close completely. Individual disposal paper towels were not at each hand sink and toilet tissue was not available at all toilets.

• Secrets Lounge, 12949 E. U.S. 40 – On May 21, the bartender working behind the counter had an inappropriate tongue piercing; ticket will be issued on next offense.

• Burger King, 16703 E. 23rd St. S. – On May 22, the vent hood above the fryers was not being kept clean, drip accumulation was present. The facility was not cleaned as often as necessary: Floors were dirty under the fryers, the cook line, under prep equipment and behind the drive thru soda fountain.

• Discount Smokes, 1116 S. Crysler Ave. – On May 22, the temperature of foods in the walk-in were 50 degrees; discarded, walk-in must be serviced.

• Sam's Club, 4100 Bolger Road – On May 22, the reach-in meat/cheese and salsa coolers were not keeping temperatures below 41 degrees.

• Winterstone Golf Course, 17101 E. Kentucky Road – On May 22, the doors were open to the pavilion.

• Arby's, 4515 S. Noland Road – On May 25, the area where the french fries are prepped was found soiled, the back splash of the sandwich prep area was not free from accumulation of soil, and the piping underneath the soda machine had black mold.

• Arby's, 20111 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On May 25, meat items were placed on the scale with no barrier between meat and scale.

• Taco Bell, 2491 S. M-291 – On May 25, an employee continues to work without a valid food handlers card; remove from schedule. Thirteen food handlers (majority of staff) had no valid food handler cards on file; staff has until June 6 to get valid cards.

• 7-Eleven, 17801 E. U.S. 24 – On May 25, no sanitizer solution was available on the food prep line.

• Cracker Barrel, 4110 S. Lees Summit Road – On May 29, boxes of butter were sitting on top of a package raw chicken, and raw chicken was stored next to ready to eat foods.

• Sonic Drive-In, 10802 E. U.S. 40 – On May 29, food must be stored in packages of covered containers or wrappings in the walk-in cooler. The fryers and flat top grill were not being cleaned at least every 24 hours, the walk-in freezer floor was dirty, and floors throughout the entire building were soiled. The walk-in freezer door and surrounding walls had mold build-up, and the employee restroom was dirty.

• 7-Eleven, 12333 E. U.S. 40 – On May 29, time/temperature date marking requirements were not being meet.

• Tim's Pizza, 17201 E. U.S. 40 – On May 30, time/temperature requirements were not being met, hamburger in make table was 51.3 degrees. Employee medicines were not properly labeled and stored. There was no sanitizer solution available in the food prep area.

• Big Boy Burgers, 12401 E. U.S. 40 – On May 31, kitchen staff were observed washing their hands in the 3-compartment sink. Gloves were not used in the proper manner, an employee attempted to wash his hands with gloves on and them attempted to put on new gloves without first washing hands.

• Discount Smokes, 1116 S. Crysler Ave. – On May 31, the cooling/hot hold was frozen.

• Hooters, 19850 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On May 31, ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food was not dated or the time/temperature combination was exceeded. Flour used to bread mahi was found in the walk-in cooler with a use by date of May 29.

• Maywood Manor, 1041 W. Truman Road – On May 31, the cook was handling hard boiled eggs bare handed while cutting up for egg salad.

• QuikTrip, 17815 E. 39th St. – On May 31, ice cream topping utensils were not being kept clean, and the sanitized water was out of concentration at the food prep area.

– Jillayne Ritchie