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Columbia Dairy Queen cited for most violations in first half of September

East Business Loop Dairy Queen in Columbia, Mo.
East Business Loop Dairy Queen in Columbia, Mo.

So far in the month of September, the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services posted inspection reports for 26 establishments in the county.

The Dairy Queen located on Business Loop 70 East had the most violations: four of them critical and four non-critical.

In a statement, the restaurant franchise owner, Hartley Rogers, said the location took the flagged items seriously.

“The health and safety of our fans and our employees is our top priority, and we acknowledge that we didn’t meet several standards during our most recent health inspection," Rogers said in a statement. "We are taking this seriously and we quickly resolved all concerns. Additionally, we reviewed our processes with employees to ensure all health standards are met today and in the future. We are sorry, and we can and will do better.”  

Critical violations, according to the health department, are items that relate directly to factors that can lead to food borne illnesses. Non-critical violations relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

No violations

  • Black & Gold
  • Casey's (Paris Road)
  • Cosmo Club
  • The Language Tree
  • Las Margaritas (St. Charles Road): No violations found in a follow-up inspection on Sept. 1. However, the restaurant had four critical violations and one non-critical violation at an inspection on Aug. 28.
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • New Horizons
  • Parkside Manor
  • Sonic (Paris Road): No violations found in a follow-up inspection on Sept. 1. However, the restaurant had one critical violation at an inspection on Aug. 28.
  • Walnut Street Day Care


  • Andy's Frozen Custard (Trimble Road): Soiled ice machine and shelf storing utensils, employee food stored incorrectly in cooler, food on floor in cooler, food contact surface not cleaned at correct frequency
  • Cajun Crab House Seafood Market LLC: Unlabeled spray bottle. Corrected on spot.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill (West Worley Street): Mold in soda machine ice chute, sanitizer concentration too low in sink, dishes not air dried before stacking
    Violations corrected by reinspection on Sept. 4.
  • Dairy Queen (Business Loop 70 East): Employees didn't wash hands before putting on gloves, ice machine was unclean, plastic container/utensils cracked and not easily cleanable, soap stored with single food items, no thermometers in cooler, ceiling tiles above sink in disrepair, exhaust air ducts/hood excessively soiled, personal items stored on food racks.
    Violations corrected by reinspection on Sept. 14.
  • Hardee's (Paris Road): Raw chicken stored above ready-to-eat foods in cooler, food containers not easily cleanable, soiled food container stored with clean utensils, soiled ice machine, dishwasher sanitizer out of temperature, no cover on light bulb, no hot water in hand sink.
  • Hitt Street Mini Mart: No thermometer in coolers.
  • Hokulia Shave Ice: In-use utensils improperly stored.
  • Hy-Vee Bakery/Deli (West Broadway): Raw chicken stored incorrectly in cooler.
  • Jimmy's Family Steakhouse: No thermometer in small cooler.
  • Moser's (North Keene Street): Food not hot enough in holding case, sanitizer concentration above 200 ppm in spray bottle, employee purse and keys sitting on counter next to food items.
  • White Castle: Dust build-up along vent near ice machine, debris and build up on lobby floor.
  • Leatherwood Hills-Little General: No label on prepackaged chicken wings in hot case, rim of ice bucket soiled.
  • Rainbow House: Spatula not smooth/cleanable, no test kits available.
    Violations corrected by reinspection on Sept. 8.
  • Subway/Baskin Robbins (Forum Boulevard): Holding food past date label, unlabeled spray bottles.
  • Tiger Stop - Mobile Food (Clark Lane): No chlorine test strips, unlabeled cleaning chemical bottles, no thermometer in sandwich cooler, hand sink nearest door in women's restroom not functioning properly.
  • VFW Post 280: Dented can.
    Discarded at time of inspection.

PHHS also just rolled out its new website for health inspections reports. You can find the status of your favorite restaurant here.

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