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Minor health code violations found in Jefferson City public school kitchens



Health inspectors found only minor violations in the kitchens of Jefferson City's public schools in October and November, according to inspection reports.

October and November health inspection reports included the results from 19 kitchens in Jefferson City education establishments.

Inspectors visited 10 Jefferson City School District buildings in October and November: Belair Elementary, Cedar Hills Elementary, East Elementary, Lewis and Clark Middle, Moreau Heights Elementary, South Elementary, Southwest Early Childhood Center, Thorpe Gordon Elementary, West Elementary and Capital City High School.

Three of the minor violations inspectors found were corrected on-site. The other was listed as "wall in the dish area has debris present" at Thorpe Gordon.

Nine private schools and child care facilities were also inspected: Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Trinity Lutheran Elementary School, Small Wonder Daycare, Little Explorers Discovery Center, Little Rascals Playhouse And Preschool, Discovery Place, Precious Gems Academy, Children's Garden Of Knowledge and Wisdom Woods Prep Academy.

Four priority violations and five core violations were found among those nine kitchens. The city defines "priority" items as those more likely to contribute to food contamination, illness or an environmental health hazard, such as improper food temperature and inadequate cooking.

"Core" violations are less serious and include things such as cleaning and maintenance of floors, walls and ceilings and missing thermometers in refrigeration units.

Examples of priority violations in private school and daycare kitchens included holding food at improper temperatures at Immaculate Conception Elementary School and a refrigerator at an improper temperature at Precious Gems Academy.

The full inspection reports from October and November can be viewed by following these links.

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