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.

• Thai Spice, 18931 E. Valley View Pkwy. – On Nov. 14, the kitchen staff were washing not their hands before putting on gloves and an employee was observed drying his hands on his apron.

• Salvatore's, 12801 E. U.S. 40 – On Nov. 15, a waitress was not washing their hands before putting on gloves. A moldy eggplant was found in the walk-in cooler. The ice scoop was lying in direct contact with ice at wait station ice bin, plates were found on expo line shelves and a large puddle of standing water was observed in the back prep area.

• Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 3939 S. Bolger Road – On Nov. 19, coolers on the cook line were out of temperature; all potentially hazardous food was discarded.

• Fazoli's, 19008 E. 39th St. – On Nov. 20, kitchen staff was stopped from putting on gloves without washing hands before after doing dishes. They were also observed eating in food the prep area and their drinks had no lids in food prep areas. The pizza oven was not being kept clean and several soda nozzles at the fountain in the lobby had mold build-up.

• Chili's Grill & Bar, 18900 E. 39th St. S. – On Nov. 21, nine food handlers were still working after being removed in September; the general manager will be issued GOS. All 9 must be immediately removed from the schedule and cannot work until they have an Independence Food Handler card and proof is shown to investigator; they have until Dec. 18 to get valid cards.

– Jillayne Ritchie