Critical violations involve factors that can directly lead to foodborne illness. Critical violations during recent restaurant inspections by the city of Independence are:

El Volcan Mexican Grill and Cantina, 17110 E. U.S. 24, inspected Nov. 22. No critical violations.

Elite Cuisine, 20301 E. Missouri 78, inspected Nov. 22. No critical violations.

K & M Liquor & Tobacco, 4201 Blue Ridge Blvd., inspected Nov. 22. No critical violations.

McDonald’s, 18910 E. U.S. 40, inspected Nov. 22. No critical violations.

Minit Mart, 4208 S. Noland Road, inspected Nov. 22. No critical violations.

Pie Five Pizza, 18921 E. Valley View Parkway, inspected Nov. 22.

• Employee was observed attempting to put on gloves without first washing her hands.

• Sanitized water not available at prep area.

• Fly strip found being utilized in prep area.