Wichita KS Restaurants: See Failed Inspections August 7-13

Nine Wichita-area businesses were found to be non-compliant in Kansas Department of Agriculture food and lodging safety inspections conducted Aug. 7-13, according to reports.

Among the problems faced by inspectors: slimy soda nozzles, expired medication, bacteria in well water used in a restaurant, old head cheese, a moldy ice tray, employees who did not wash hands, food left at room temperature and meat and fish. stored in trash bags instead of food grade containers.

Information about Sedgwick County businesses and their violations, compiled on August 19, appears below along with a summary of the issues inspectors noted in their reports. More details, including specific descriptions of the violations, are posted in The Eagle’s searchable database of non-compliant restaurant and hotel inspections at www.kansas.com/databases.

Business owners who wish to clarify or comment on the inspection results that appear in the listing can contact Eagle reporter Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or [email protected] Comments will be added to online stories. The companies are listed in alphabetical order below.

More than 50 companies surveyed during the same period passed their inspections with few or no violations. You can see them on www.foodsafety.kda.ks.gov/FoodSafety/Web/Inspection/PublicInspectionSearch.aspx.

Failing an inspection does not necessarily mean a business should close; it’s rare. Most violations are minor and are immediately corrected in front of an inspector upon detection.

Businesses don’t follow state rules when they have too many violations or certain types of issues that may increase a customer’s risk of getting a foodborne illness, or when an issue can’t be resolved immediately.

When a company goes bankrupt, it is usually re-inspected within 10 days.

To complain about conditions anywhere food is served or sold to the public, email [email protected] or call 785-564-6767.

Recent Non-Compliance Inspections:

Coratel Inn & Suites, 990 Connolly Court in Park City – Six violations during a routine inspection on August 11. Quoted on too hot pancake mix, no probe type food thermometer, no equipment to test strength of sanitizer, water not hot enough at bathroom sink, no soap at sink to wash his hands in the breakfast room, business did not have a copy of his current food establishment license. Next inspection: August 21.

The creations, 4996 NE 150th Ave. in Cheney – A violation during an Aug. 9 follow-up inspection conducted remotely. Cited for well water issues. The restaurant must boil water until its well system is free of coliform bacteria. Next inspection: September 9.

Farha Sports Center (YMCA South Branch), 3405 S. Meridian in Wichita – Four violations during a routine inspection Aug. 9. Cited for not having equipment to measure strength of sanitizer, soap dispenser not working, no paper towels at concession stand to wash hands, chemical bottle without label. Next inspection: September 9.

Grace Market, 1030 S. Oliver St. in Wichita – Fifteen violations during an Aug. 11 verification inspection. Quoted about an employee who failed to wash his hands after handling bleach, medicines and homeopathic items were not labeled in English, eggs stored on top of raw carrots at the refrigerator, raw pork stored above a container of cooked beef, several foods were not cold enough including fish cakes and several soups, eggs were not cold enough in the cooler, several items, including kimchi and bean sprouts, lacked label information such as allergens and ingredients and were not marked with their common names, frozen fish and pork ribs stored in trash bags, bottles of chemicals stored in clean storage containers and bag of dried mushrooms, expired over-the-counter drugs on sale shelves. Next inspection: August 22.

La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, 1138 N. Nelson Drive in Derby – Sixteen violations during a verification inspection on August 8. Quoted about employee not washing hands after handling dirty dishes, storing fish improperly, raw chicken stored on top of raw pork in cooler, rice and cobs corn was not hot enough, some milk and guacamole were not cold enough, several other refrigerated items including salsa and chicken soup were not cold enough, mole sauce and milk were not cold enough weren’t labeled with dates prepared or opened, old carnitas, beef stored in a trash bag, dirty stainless steel food containers, dirty meat and cheese cutters, mold in the ice tray, and mud over soda nozzles in the bar, dirty microwaves, food debris buildup on kitchen walls, unlabeled chemicals, paint can stored in liquor bottles, soap and hand sanitizer stored indoors. ice bucket tops clean, antacid bottle stored in cook’s line directly above food. Next inspection: August 18.

Oak & Pie, 2244 N. Greenwich, Ste. 900 in Wichita – Six violations during follow-up inspection Aug. 8: Cited for leaving garlic in oil and roasted garlic at room temperature, several refrigerated items including salami and salad dressings, were not kept cold enough, missing documents, dirty containers, the water in the handwashing sink was not hot enough, the kitchen manager used a dedicated handwashing sink to get water for another use, no paper towels in the hand washing sink in the prep area. Next inspection: October 8.

Richard A. Devore Southern YMCA, 3405 S. Meridian in Wichita – A violation during a follow-up inspection on Aug. 13. Cited for not having equipment to test the strength of the disinfectant. Next inspection: 13 Oct.

Global market, 2746 N. Greenwich Ct. in Wichita – Three violations during routine inspection Aug. 10. Quoted for not having sanitizer or sanitizer test strips on inspection, gap in delivery door seal could let pests into building, no soap in men’s bathroom. Next inspection: August 20.

Yogurt meats, 375 S. Maize Road in Wichita – Three violations during routine inspection Aug. 11. Cited for not labeling deli meats with package opening dates, old roast beef and chicken, old head cheese, no probe thermometer on site. Next inspection: August 22.

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Amy Renee Leiker has reported for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, the courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. She is a mother of three children and loves to read outside of work. Contact her at 316-268-6644 or [email protected]

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