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Two Jefferson City eateries top the list with 6 violations

Hardee's and Happy Garden in Jefferson City
Hardee's and Happy Garden in Jefferson City


Jefferson City inspection reports show two eateries tied for the most overall violations during December inspections.

In January, Jefferson City's Environmental Health Services Department posted all inspections completed within city limits in December 2019.

Overall, Happy Garden on Truman Blvd and Hardee's on Country Club Drive tied with 6 overall violations.

Happy Garden was cited with six core violations for the following:

  • Rice scoop not kept in food or hot water [135 F] during buffet line service
  • Deep fryer, kitchen appliance, storeroom shelves around rice bags, and area around wok grease trap are soiled with food/grease and need further cleaning
  • Missing food thermometer
  • Cooler above the proper temperature (this was corrected during the inspection)
  • Cobwebs found in junk cabinet and memorial, which needs cleaning regularly
  • Dish machine grease trap lid has a hole; gasket torn on a cooler door

Hardee's was cited for the following six violations:

  • Priority violation: Item not at the proper temperature (this was corrected during the inspection)
  • The rest of the violations are considered core violations: Gaskets are torn on several reach in coolers.
  • Debris found under equipment, in the bottom of a reach in freezer, on a cooler floor and a freezer's tracks.

Below is a map that outlines all inspections completed in December 2019.

Here is a list of all inspections completed in Jefferson City.

ABC 17 News Investigates / Behind the Kitchen Door / Jefferson City / Top Stories / Top Stories
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Zara Barker

Zara Barker is an anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News. She anchors the Breaking News Desk during the morning newscast and anchors the 9 a.m. broadcast.


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