Dec. 17—Thirteen businesses — including several restaurants, hotels, a food warehouse, a bakery and a discount department store — failed their Kansas Department of Agriculture food and lodging safety inspections last week. They were cited for violations such as cockroach and mice infestations, trashy and cluttered conditions including one business that an inspector described as “egregious,” moldy produce worth an estimated $500, insects in a whiskey bottle, not having hot water at sinks and storing raw meat in plastic T-shirt sacks, a check of Sedgwick County’s non-compliant inspections Dec. 5-11 shows.
Information about the businesses and violations, compiled Dec. 12, appears below with a summary of the problems inspectors noted on their reports. More details, including specific violation descriptions and survey dates, are posted in The Eagle’s searchable database of non-compliant restaurant and hotel inspections at www.kansas.com/databases.
More than 50 businesses surveyed over the past few weeks passed their inspections with few or no violations. You can see those at www.foodsafety.kda.ks.gov/FoodSafety/Web/Inspection/PublicInspectionSearch.aspx.
Failing an inspection doesn’t necessarily mean a business has to close; that’s rare. Most violations are minor and are immediately corrected on site.
Businesses fall out of compliance with state rules when they have too many violations or certain types of problems that can increase the risk of a customer contracting a food-borne illness, or when a problem can’t be fixed right away, such as plumbing issues and pest infestations.
When a business fails inspection, it’s usually inspected again within 10 days.
To complain about conditions anywhere that serves or sells food to the public, email [email protected] or call 785-564-6767.
Recent out-of-compliance inspections
Da Chicken Shak and More 2, 1112 W. 31st St. South in Wichita — Seven violations for not enough sanitizer on wiping cloths, flour and corn meal in containers that aren’t food grade, no ambient air thermometers in cold holding units, no probe thermometer on site, “build up of grease and flour on the side of the fryer,” no hot water in bathroom, greasy grime on kitchen wall. Next inspection: Dec. 18.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 10750 W. Hampton Lakes St. in Maize — One violation for not having a probe-style thermometer to test food temperatures. Next inspection: Dec. 17.
Juarez Bakery, 1068 N. Waco in Wichita — One violation for storing baked goods uncovered on shelves. Business is waiting on plexiglass. Next inspection: Feb. 9.
Mex Market Warehouse, 925 E. 19th St. in Wichita — Seven violations for trash and automotive parts around building, soda pallet piles could lead to pest infestation, no hand-drying supplies in bathroom, dirty dry storage areas, unlabeled chemical bottle, $500 worth of moldy produce, cilantro stored on cooler floor next to puddle of water, not refrigerating block of muenster cheese, dirty and “egregious conditions” in building. Next inspection: Dec. 18.
Old Chicago, 2240 N. Tyler, Ste. 100 in Wichita — Six violations for empty soap dispensers, employee touching ready-to-serve food with bare hands, food stored at wrong temperatures, unlabeled chemical bottles, peroxide bottle stored with nozzle pointed at pizza boxes. Next inspection: Dec. 19.
Passage to India, 6100 E. 21st St., Ste. 180 in Wichita — Five violations for not labeling foods with preparation dates, no equipment for checking strength of sanitizer, roaches in kitchen and crawling …….