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.

• Church's Chicken, 701 N. Noland Road – On Oct. 18, the scoop for the macaroni and cheese was found in a pan of water; utensils left in standing water create a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.

• Authentico California Taco Shop, 19520 E. U.S. 40 – On Oct. 23, inspectors observed two unlabeled spray bottles containing liquid. No sanitized water could be located on the cook line or in the prep area and sanitizer used to wipe off tables and other surfaces in the dining room was found in a spray bottle; when tables are sanitized in this way paper towels must be used.

• Culver's, 4220 S. Little Blue Pkwy. – On Oct. 23, A wiping cloth was found on dress the table; this is a consistent violation at this establishment, wiping cloths must be stored in sanitized water and failure to do so results in bacterial growth.

• QuikTrip, 201 E. 23rd St. – On Oct. 23, the hand sink in the ware washing was area blocked by Rubbermaid tubs and a trash can.

• QuikTrip, 11101 E. U.S. 40 – On Oct. 23, no paper towels were found in the paper towel dispenser by the rear hand sink.

• Saer Chicken Coop, 12323 E. U.S. 40 – On Oct. 23, there no paper towels at the back hand sink.

• Wendy's, 925 W. U.S. 24 – On Oct. 25, inspectors found chemicals stored on the edge of hand sinks on the front line and in the ware washing area.

– Jillayne Ritchie