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.

• Burger King, 11500 S. 23rd St. – On Oct. 30, two of the kitchen staff were observed having a meal in the food prep area which could result in contamination of food product. Both women were seen doing so before on a previous routine inspection. If seen again, both women will be asked to leave, receive a general ordinance summons and have to take the food handler course again.

• El Maguey Mexican Restaurant, 3738 S. Noland Road – On Oct. 30, Pipes below the 3-compartment and 2-compartment sink were in disrepair and must be repaired by Dec. 1. The hand washing sink in the ware washing area was completely blocked by trash.

• First Watch, 19321 E. U.S. 40 – On Oct. 31, the sink was being used for a purpose other than hand washing, and parts from meat slicer were found in hand sink basin in the prep area.

• Master Wok, 4810 S. Arrowhead Drive – On Nov. 1, scoops were found lying in chips and in the ice bin.

• Royal Biscuit, 600 E. U.S. 24 – On Nov. 2, the sanitizer container was empty.

• Cracker Barrel, 4110 S. Lees Summit Road – On Nov. 6, the chef was not washing their hands at proper times and was handling food contact items with contaminated hands.There was no sanitized water available in the kitchen.

• Corner Cafe, 4215 S. Little Blue Pkwy. – On Nov. 7, the kitchen staff was not washing their hands before putting on gloves, and an employee was wearing his apron in the trash corral.

– Jillayne Ritchie