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Springfield restaurant cited for mouse feces in kitchen this week

One restaurant had mouse feces in its kitchen and a concession stand had a thermometer off by more than 40 degrees, according to this week’s Springfield-Greene County Health Department food inspection reports.

Bao Bao Chinese Bistro, 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., had mouse feces beneath the dry storage in the back of their kitchen, according to an April 17 report. The report said the restaurant must correct the problem by May 17. This was a priority violation.

In an April 15 inspection of Willard’s baseball concessions at 410 S. Grand Prairie Drive, an inspector found that a refrigerator thermometer was showing the temperature as 80 degrees. The actual temperature inside the refrigerator was 38 degrees. The inaccurate thermometer was discarded. This was a non-priority violation.

Food inspections take place one to three times a year, depending on the type of food served, the population served, difficulty of food preparation and past history. Restaurants preparing food from raw ingredients are inspected more often “than convenience stores that serve only non-potentially hazardous foods, such as popcorn and soda,” according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Each report identifies what was happening at the establishment at that time. Consumers who want to know whether a violation is a one-time thing or a pattern are encouraged to refer to previous reports.

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Issues found during inspection fall into either priority or non-priority violations. Priority violations impact the safety of the food, such as cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat food, improper food temperature and poor personal hygiene and employee health. Multiple priority violations can lead to an establishment being shut down. Non-priority violations alone do not directly affect food safety, such as dirty floors, sticky tabletops or outside trash cans not being covered.

Here are food inspections from the past week:

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Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant, 2118 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Apple Market Deli, 500 S. Miller Road, Willard. April 16 routine inspection – Permitted with re-inspection. A re-inspection will be made on or after April 19 to check hot hold cabinet. Two priority violation: Observed a few packages of pickle loaf and olive loaf marked with 10 days instead of 7, which was corrected by staff; observed hot hold cabinet was at 100 degrees Fahrenheit and all potentially hazardous food in it was between 104 degrees and 112 degrees, which was voluntarily discarded. Three non-priority violations: Observed quaternary ammonia test strips were expired; observed lower portion of soda dispenser wasn’t clean; observed floor around three-vat sink and hand sink was not clean.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Inc., 3055 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations noted.

Bao Bao Chinese Bistro, 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield. April 17 routine inspection – Result: active. Two priority violations: Observed cut cabbage and crab rangoon at 44 degrees in prep cooler, which was corrected by closing prep cooler lid; observed mouse feces beneath dry storage in back of kitchen, which must be corrected by May 17. One non-priority violation: Observed flour and food debris behind shelving in back of kitchen and food debris on floor in walk-in freezer.

Bingham Elementary School, 2126 E. Cherry St., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No violation cited.

City Butcher, 3650 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited during inspection.

Comfort Inn, 3776 S. Glenstone Outer Road, Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active.

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Cooper Park Concession – Baseball, 2501 E. Pythian St., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed during inspection.

Coyotes Adobe Cafe, 1742 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: Active. No priority violations. Two non-priority violations: Observed floor in kitchen wasn’t clean; observed dirty whisk stored inside hand sink, which was corrected on site.

Craft Sushi, 1251 E. Sunshine St., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Duberry LLC, Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. No violation noted.

El Venero, 500 S. Miller Road, Willard. April 16 re-inspection – Result: active. New prep refrigerator was in use and running at 35 degrees and sauce was being cooled in an ice bath. No violations noted.

Eurasia Coffee & Tea/Culture Cafe, 445 E. Commercial St., Springfield. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Excel Day Treatment, 1631 W. Bennett St., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. Three non-priority violations: Observed employee hand-washing sink has no soap, which was corrected during inspection; observed daylight along bottom of exterior door; observed light fixture in kitchen unshielded.

Fizz Sips N Sweets, 1535 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Habaneros Mexican Cantina, 4406 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed three unlabeled spray bottles filled with clear and blue liquids, which was corrected on site by labeling bottles. Five non-priority violations: Observed raw shrimp and bacon stored above ready-to-eat sauces in prep table No. 2, which was corrected on site by moving shrimp and bacon; observed rice sitting in pot and wrapped with plastic wrap on top of kitchen counter without time control logs/records, which was corrected by creating time control logs; observed three bottles of cleaner stored above condiment packets and salt and pepper shakers, which was corrected by moving cleaners to a safe location; observed mold and dust accumulation on shelves and walls of walk-in cooler; observed hand-washing sink in kitchen was leaking but contained with bucket underneath.

Hammons Field Concession Stand No. 4, 935 E. Trafficway St., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Hammons Field Concessions Kitchen (Warehouse/K-Pub/Bar3), 935 E. Trafficway St., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

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Hammons Field Suite & Catering Kitchen, 935 E. Trafficway St., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Harbor House, 636 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed raw shell eggs stored above bread in reach-in cooler, which was corrected by rearranging products. One non-priority violation: Observed debris behind ice machine, paper sacks and debris under stainless steel tables across from walk-in freezer.

Hong Kong Inn No. 1, 1632 E. Sunshine St., Springfield. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Hoods Restaurant, 1651 S. State Highway K, Bois D’Arc. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. Three non-priority violations: Observed no covered waste receptacle in employee restroom; observed at least a dozen missing floor tiles in dish area; observed storage shelf in dry storage area, wall under dish line and box fan in kitchen were not clean.

Hurts Donut Company, 1231 E. Sunshine St., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Hy-Vee Kitchen, 2150 E. Sunshine St., Springfield. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. Four priority violations: Observed raw shell eggs stored over ready-to-eat veggies in walk-in cooler, which was corrected by rearranging items; observed food handler wearing gloves prepping veggies, switched tasks to touch cell phone and then returned to cutting veggies, which was corrected with education and by discarding food and having handler wash and re-glove hands; observed pans of ham and potatoes prepped were not date-marked, which was corrected by date-marking by end of inspection; observed ribs not being held at or above 135 degrees in Wahlburger area, which was corrected by reheating ribs above 165 degrees and placed in warming case. No non-priority violations.

I Love Tacos Taqueria Food Truck, 430 N. Broadview Place, Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: suspend permit. Permit suspended due to no running water or hot water in unit. Two priority violations: Observed diced tomato and cooler’s ambient air temperature at 54 degrees, which requires re-inspection, and was corrected by moving potentially hazardous foods to a working cooler; observed no running water or hot water available at hand sink or three-vat sink, which resulted in suspension of permit. Re-inspection required. No non-priority violations.

K Fried Chicken, 3050 S. National Ave., Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed employee medications stored in food prep area, which was corrected at time of inspection. No non-priority violations.

Kearney Street Cafe, 1324 W. Kearney St., Springfield. April 17 routine inspection – Result: active. Discussed proper way to dispense silverware is by the handle. No priority violations. Two non-priority violations: Observed outside dumpster half-full of refuse and had signs of frequent bird usage; observed inside of dish machine had moderate buildup inside unit, which was corrected by staff cleaning it.

Kum & Go No. 1467, 2963 E. Division St., Springfield. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed 11 cans of chip dip product on shelf with dents, which was corrected by pulling product to return to vendor. No non-priority violations.

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Kum & Go No. 468 609 E. Elm St., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Lae’s Authentic Egg Rolls, 358 W. Enterprise Court, Fair Grove. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Lucy’s Chinese Food, 3330 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. Two priority violations: Observed four unlabeled spray bottles filled with blue and clear liquids, which was corrected by identifying and labeling bottles; observed a pan, blender and plastic lid with food debris on drying rack, which is a repeat violation and was corrected by washing, rinsing and sanitizing food contact surfaces. Three non-priority violations: Observed buildup of mold and food debris on walk-in cooler shelves, buildup of grease and food debris under and behind fryers, buildup of grease and food debris under and behind grills and stove and buildup of grease and food debris on wall behind kitchen equipment; observed fried chicken sitting in plastic tub on tabletop in kitchen without time as temperature logs, which was corrected by creating time as temperature logs; observed tub of cashews stored underneath soap dispenser near hand sink in kitchen, which was corrected by moving cashews.

McAlister’s Deli, 210 W. Sunshine St., Springfield. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. Two non-priority violations: Observed food containers and bowls had open side facing up, which was corrected on site; observed daylight visible along bottom of walk-in cooler door.

Mimi’s Soulfood LLC, 533 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed bottle of clog drainer sitting directly on top of ice machine, which was corrected on site by moving bottle to floor. Three non-priority violations: Observed no food thermometer to monitor food temperatures; observed no test strips to verify chlorine concentration for dish washer; observed light shield next to freezer is missing and several ceiling tiles are missing or damaged in dish area.

Neighbor’s Mill & Bakery Cafe, 1435 E. Independence St., Springfield. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations noted.

Phelps Center for Gifted, 934 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield. April 17 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

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Prairie Pie, 307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Price Cutter No. 35 Produce/Salad Bar, 1260 E. St. Louis St., Springfield. April 17 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Rama Thai Cafe, 1129 E. Walnut St., Springfield. April 17 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. Two non-priority violations: Observed back door has gap along bottom and top, which is repeat violation; observed chicken cooling in covered container, preventing heat from venting.

Rapid Roberts No. 112, 320 W. Sunshine St., Springfield. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. Three non-priority violations: Observed inside of ice machine chute not clean; observed soda nozzles backsplash not clean; observed women’s restroom trash bin had no lid.

Sonic Drive-In of Springfield, MO, 1642 E. Republic Road, Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. One non-priority violation: Observed excessive dust/debris buildup on air vent and sections of ceiling above soda fountain.

Starbucks – OTC Store No. 300, 1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed during inspection.

Tabak Co., 311 Park Central West, Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed during inspection.

Taco Bell No. 001669, 1348 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Taco Bell No. 003845, 3511 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. Discussed needing to clean better under counter by front hand sink. No violations noted.

Taco Bell No. 018190, 610 E. U.S. Highway 60 East, Republic. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations noted.

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Team Taco, 1454 E. Cherry St., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

The Hive, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. Discussed freezer temperature and owner is contacting service. No priority violations. Two non-priority violations: Observed employee scooping ice cream without hair restraint; observed quaternary ammonia test strips had expiration date of March 1, 2023.

The Vintage Scoop, Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations cited.

Therefore Pizza, 307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations observed.

Tuka Tacos LLC, 1602 E. Kearney St., Springfield. April 12 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed cooked rice at 75 degrees, which was corrected by discarding rice. No non-priority violations.

USA Investments MO216, 1894 S. State Highway 125, Rogersville. April 11 routine inspection – Result: permitted with re-inspection. One priority violation: Observed chocolate milk at 48 degrees and milk at 50 degrees, which was corrected by pulling product to be returned. Two non-priority violations: Observed ambient temperature of walk-in cooler at 50 degrees, person in charge stated part for compressor is on order; observed back door has gap at bottom right corner.

Village Inn, 533 E. Elm St., Republic. April 10 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. One non-priority violation: Observed missing coving tile on wall behind dishwasher.

Waffle House No. 1231, 4128 S. National Ave., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations noted.

Walmart Neighborhood Market No. 3111 Deli, 545 W. El Camino Alto Drive, Springfield. April 11 routine inspection – Result: active. No violations noted.

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Walnut Grove High School Baseball Concession, 300 E. College St., Walnut Grove. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. No priority violations. Five non-priority violations: Observed employees did not have access to thin-probed thermometer for checking food temperatures; observed plastic silverware was being dispensed by mouth contact surfaces, which was corrected at inspector’s request; observed cheese, diced tomatoes and lettuce set up for self-serve distribution without utensils, which was corrected by adding tongs; observed threshold under door was loose and could allow entrance of pests; observed refrigerator with hot dogs lacked thermometer.

Willard Baseball Concessions, 410 S. Grand Prairie Drive, Willard. April 15 routine inspection – Result: active. One priority violation: Observed facility had no sanitizer when inspector arrived, so person in charge picked up a bottle prior to inspector leaving. Two non-priority violations: Observed facility had no test strips for checking sanitizer; observed thermometer in refrigerator was inaccurate, reading 80 degrees when unit’s ambient temperature was 38 degrees, which was corrected by throwing thermometer away.

Zayka Indian Cuisine, 311 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield. April 16 routine inspection – Result: active. Two priority violations: Observed chicken cooled the previous night was at 43 degrees, which was corrected by discarding chicken; observed knives stored in holding box and can opener have dried food debris on them, which was corrected by putting all items in dish washer. Two non-priority violations: Observed shelves for storing bowls and pans were made of wood, when storage shelves should be non-absorbent material and easy to clean; observed shelving across from make table 2, floor behind chest freezer and walls in kitchen have food debris.

Susan Szuch reports on health and food for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @szuchsm. Story idea? Email her at [email protected].