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Two Jefferson City fast-food joints lead food code violations; 10 establishments have clean reports


The Jefferson City Environmental Health Services Department found violations at 25 establishments inspected in the month of July. However, 10 of them had spotless inspection reports.

The following establishments did not have any violations:

  • Burger King (Missouri Boulevard)
  • Cole County Farmers Market
  • Capital City Christian Church Child Care
  • Four Leaf Clover Preschool
  • Hy-Vee -- Specialty Meats
  • Jefferson City Country Club
  • Pumpkin Patch Preschool & Childcare, LLC
  • Starbucks (Missouri Boulevard)
  • Walmart -- meat/seafood section
  • Welcome Home Commissary

Two fast food restaurants, McDonald's on Jefferson Street and Arby's on Ten Mile Drive, tied for the most violations during July with four each.

Inspectors reported the following violations at McDonald's:

  • Food debris on can opener, debris on food equipment and dispenser
  • Food item at the wrong temperature
  • Items at the wrong cold temperature
  • Debris on floor, torn gaskets on reach-in freezers, debris on equipment and exhaust vents.

The following violations were reported at Arby's:

  • Item at wrong cold temperature
  • Items in the cooler didn't have date labels
  • Customer area seating in disrepair
  • Item not properly hot held

Here's a list of the other businesses in which inspectors found violations:

  • Alexandro's Restaurant and TG's Lounge: residue accumulation under shelves in the walk-in freezer
  • Biggs Barbecue Company (Sweet Smoke BBQ I): plasticware under cleaning supplies, broken paper towel dispenser, dry storage too close to drain line
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar (Stoneridge Parkway): debris on microwaves, hand sink not secured to wall
  • Chick-Fil-A: no date label on items in cooler
  • Chicks Tap Room: improper storage of medicinals/toxics with and above food shelving
  • Colton's Steakhouse: not hot enough water at hand sinks, residue and debris in lemon storage bin, residue under oven, debris under bar equipment
  • Courtyard Early Learning Facility at Oscar Drive: food utensils not stored correctly
  • Culver's (Jefferson Street): cracked/broken lids on custard machine, broken paper towel dispenser at hand sink
  • Domino's Pizza (Christy Drive): crack in flooring, hand sink not secured to the wall, debris on oven trays
  • Hy-Vee -- Deli: debris in freezer, items at the wrong temperature
  • Hunan Restaurant: uncovered trash can in women's restroom
  • J Vietnamese Cafe: bad utensil, torn gasket on cooler, missing stall door in restroom
  • Jersey Mike's Subs: bagged food on floor, food residue under table
  • JQ on High: weak sanitizer and cooler at wrong temperature
  • Kate and Ally's Pizzaria: food debris in pizza cooler, exterior oven and mixer; debris on floors under equipment in the kitchen; food debris on walls in the kitchen; dust on exhaust hood over the pizza oven
  • La Placita Mexican Grocery: boxes of tortillas stored on the grocery floor and several spices/foods packaged without appropriate label
  • Mi Tolteca Mexican Restaurant: dish machine not chemical sanitizing and chemical bucket empty; broken wall tiles in kitchen and broken equipment storage outside of building; breakable china cub was used as a sugar scoop
  • Prison Brews: soda syrup spilled on floor
  • Sam's Club Deli: broken utensil handle
  • Sam's Club Rottiserie Chicken: no paper towel dispenser or trash can
  • Schnucks (Missouri Boulevard): residue on floor under sink and wall in the meat section
  • Stir Fry 88: torn door gasket on cooler
  • Wal-Mart -- Deli (Stadium Boulevard): open food package, debris on deli display case tracks, items not at right temperature
  • Walmart -- grocery/dairy (Stadium Boulevard): debris in freezer, display shelf and display case; liquid baby formula expired
  • Wendy's (Country Club Drive): Debris on beverage station, item at the wrong temperature
ABC 17 News Investigates / Cole / Food / Jefferson City / News / Top Stories
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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.


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