Out of 20 Maricopa food establishments inspected by Pinal County’s health department Aug. 16-Sept. 15, all but three received perfect scores.

Neighboring eateries Yogurt Jungle and Say Sushi were inspected the same day, and both had a cold-holding issue. Yogurt Jungle reportedly had pistachio yogurt measured at 45 degrees instead of the required 41 degrees or below.

Say Sushi had a prep table that was not keeping food at 41 degrees or below. Food items were measured with temperatures between 56 and 60 degrees. A tray of ice was holding food at the correct temperature but was not approved refrigeration equipment. Items were placed in a walk-in unit. The inspector also noted teriyaki sauce at 119 degrees when it should have been no less than 135. The restaurant was also dinged for a shortage of date markings and a rice acidification log not being maintained.

Denny’s also had a cold-holding issue on the day of inspection. Some food items in the prep table were at 44 to 47 degrees instead of 41 and were rearranged to allow for better air flow. Liquid eggs were discarded.

Excellent [No violations found]
Butterfield Elementary
CAC – Culinary
Children’s Learning Adventure
Desert Wind Middle School
Francisco’s Mexican Food
Leading Edge Academy
Legacy Traditional School
Li’s Garden
Maricopa Head Start
Maricopa High School – Concessions
Maricopa High School – Culinary
Pima Butte Elementary
Saddleback Elementary
Santa Rosa Elementary
Sequoia Pathway Academy K-6
Sequoia Pathway Academy – Secondary
True Grit Tavern

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Denny’s
Say Sushi
Yogurt Jungle

Needs improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
No

Unacceptable [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]
None

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