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.

• Sonic Drive-In, 3444 S. Noland Road – On June 4, the vent hoods had grease dripping onto the cooking surface and the soda machine needed cleaning. Only one bucket of sanitizer was found in use and it was out of concentration. The 3-compartment sink plumbing was leaking. The floors, walls and ceilings were heavily soiled and covered in grease and dust. The tile in the back of the building near the 3 compartment sink was missing grout.

• Burger King, 14001 E. 42nd St. S. – On June 5, the rear exit door and roof access door were not sealing properly when shutting. Which could give access into the building for pest. The roof access door was addressed on the last inspection on Dec. 14, 2017, must be fixed.

• Thai Spice, 18931 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On June 5, a large pan of sauce was found at 116 degrees, an employee stated that the sauce had been placed on the counter 2 hours prior; owner was instructed to either buy an ice paddle and instruct staff on its use or teach them to place sauce in smaller pans and cool in an ice bath; sauce was discarded.

• Kentucky Fried Chicken, 17837 E. U.S. 24 – On June 6, chicken was found thawing in standing water in a pan on the floor in the ware washing area. The back door was propped open.

• McDonald's, 11115 E. 23rd St. – On June 6, multiple live roaches were found behind the coffee machine; owner chose to voluntarily close until the pest can be eliminated.

– Jillayne Ritchie