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Multiple schools in Jefferson City found violating food code during September inspections


Four of the five schools in Jefferson City School District that were inspected during September were found to be violating the Jefferson City Food Code.

The district, however, said all the violations were minor and fixed quickly.

Capital City High School had two violations: one priority and one core.  Inspectors found a food item without a proper date label and saw equipment with debris on it. The report stated that both issues were corrected at the time of the inspection.

Priority violations are the more serious of the two categories. Jefferson City's Environmental Health Division defines priority violations as those that are more likely to contribute to food contamination, illness or an environmental health hazard.

Lawson Elementary School had one priority violation that was corrected at the time of the inspection: workers were using the wrong procedure to wash dishes in a triple sink and did not use sanitizer in the third step.

Inspectors noted one core violation at Moreau Heights Elementary School. Debris was apparently on a shelf next to an air conditioner. 

South Elementary School was also violating the food code. The core violation listed in the report showed that there was debris on the wall in the dish area of the kitchen.

The only inspection in the Jefferson City School District for the month of September that came up clean was that of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. No violations were cited.

The nutrition services director for JC Schools said all of the violations were minor and able to be corrected during the inspection.

David Grellner, the environmental health manager of Jefferson City’s Environmental Health Division, told ABC 17 News that schools are inspected twice a year (or more, if follow-up inspections are necessary). During the coronavirus pandemic, inspections are conducted in the same manner. However, Grellner said inspectors are following school policies, such as using face masks or going through health screenings.

Health officials also inspected multiple private schools last month. Read those results, along with the rest of September’s inspections, below.


  • Bar Vino
  • Capital Bluffs Event Center
  • Capital Region Medical Center
  • God’s Little Tikes Childcare
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary School
  • Jenny Craig
  • Learning Connection Child Development Center
  • Saint Joseph Elementary School
  • Saint Peters Elementary School
  • Walgreens (Truman Boulevard)
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Bakery (Supercenter Drive)
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Meat/seafood (Supercenter Drive)


  • China Wok: bathroom walls have dirty residue, chest freezer lid in disrepair, back door to kitchen open
  • Clarke Senior Center: floor tiles broken, loose or coming up, wall panel loose, drywall loose
  • Convenient Food Mart: restroom base covering not attached, torn gasket on freezer, debris on shelf in cooler
  • Crossmark (inside Sam’s club): Torn gasket on piece of equipment
  • Domino’s Pizza: Debris on crumb trays and vents
  • The Grand Cafe LLC: debris on the gasket and on an equipment, holes in a wall
  • Helias High School: debris on can opener and wall
  • JC Mart: debris on cooler tracks, debris and buildup on fan covers 
  • Knights of Columbus: inaccurate thermometer in cooler and debris on roll-away cart, walk-in cooler walls, and fatigue mats
  • The Pizza Company: Formica surface of roll-out table starting to break/chip, boxed single service items on basement floor next to soda rack, salad bar utensils handed to customers with eating surface first, not handle first, hose bibs without vacuum breakers present
  • Subway Supercenter: During visit on Sept. 3, debris on equipment and self-service area, items at the wrong cold holding temperature. At a follow-up visit, inspectors did not find any violations.
  • Trinity Lutheran Elementary School: Reach-in cooler at wrong temperature on Sept. 14. At a follow-up visit, inspectors did not find any violations.
  • Turkey Creek Golf Center: no thermometer in cooler
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Bakery (W. Stadium Blvd.): debris on display table and on floor, chemical bottle not stored correctly
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Grocery/dairy (Supercenter Drive): fronts and backs of wall coolers need better cleaning
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Produce (West Stadium Boulevard): debris in display cases
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Produce (Supercenter Drive): hand sink loose from wall, metal shelving falling down
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - Deli (Supercenter Drive): Coved base paneling coming loose from wall
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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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