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Only three Maricopa eateries were inspected by the health department of Pinal County June 16-July 15. All three earned excellent ratings.

Excellent [No violations found]
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Firehouse Subs

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
None

Needs Improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
None

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


This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Michelle Chance

 

All 11 food establishments in Maricopa inspected by Pinal County’s health department from May 16 to June 15 received excellent scores.

Excellent [No violations found] Bashas’
Bashas’ – Deli
Circle K at 21212 N. John Wayne Parkway
Denny’s
Dollar Tree
Gyro Grill
Helen’s at Copper Sky
Helen’s at Pacana Park
McDonalds at 20700 N. John Wayne Parkway
QuikTrip
QuikTrip – kitchen

Satisfactory [ Violations corrected during inspection] None

Needs Improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection] None

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

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Two of the nine Maricopa eateries inspected by the Pinal County health department Nov. 16-Dec. 14 received black marks. While the Province Clubhouse had more observed infractions, netting an “S” rating, Sunrise Café received a dreaded “N” for one ongoing problem.

Province had various infractions concerning the hand-wash sink, hand-washing practice and use of gloves. Sunrise Café was dinged for appliances cold holding at 47-49 degrees instead of the required maximum 41 degrees. It was written up for having no food manager certification present, noted as a repeat violation since December 2016.

 

Excellent [No violations found]

Children’s Learning Adventure

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Circle K, 18141 N. John Wayne Parkway

Firehouse Subs

McDonald’s, 41710 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

QuikTrip

QuikTrip – Kitchen

 

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]

Province Community Association Clubhouse

 

Needs improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]

Sunrise Café

 

Unacceptable [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]

None


This item appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

Leading edge had to do some quick thinking during a catered event that was visited by the health inspector.

Two Maricopa eateries of 20 inspected between Feb. 20 and March 15 received slight markdowns from Pinal County food inspections.

Leading Edge Academy was nicked when chicken sandwiches delivered by a catering company from Scottsdale were colder than the 135-degree hot-holding mandate. After being measured at temperatures between 122 and 132 F, five trays of sandwiches were discarded, and pizza was ordered for the remaining students.

The New HQ had four corrective actions requested by the inspector. An employee was asked to set up correctly a three-compartment sink. A “mold like” substance was viewed inside the bar ice machine. Scoops were observed inside dry rice, salt and ice machines. The bar and kitchen did not have sanitizer test strips.

Excellent [No violations found]
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Desert Wind Middle School
Honeycutt Coffee
Jack in the Box
Legacy Traditional School
Native Grill and Wings
Panda Express
Pima Butte Elementary
QuikTrip
Rob’s Convenience
Saddleback Elementary
Santa Rosa Elementary
Say Sushi
Sequoia Pathway Academy K-6
Sequoia Pathway Academy – Secondary
True Grit Tavern
Walmart – Deli
Water and Ice

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Leading Edge Academy
The New HQ

Needs improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]
None

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


This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by William Lange

Five Maricopa food establishments received ticks from Pinal County Environmental Health Oct. 16-Nov. 15. Eleven others got clean reports.

At Dairy Queen, a hand-washing sink did not have water hot enough, and frozen raw hamburger was uncovered next to chicken patties, with fries/onion rings strewn about the freezer basket. Freddy’s had M&M candies spilled into moldy lemons, and staff was told to clean storage area to remove old droppings from a previous mouse problem. JB Farmer’s Convenience Store was nicked for having beef and chicken from an unapproved source. The New HQ had items in the cold prep table that were above the allowable temperature of 41 degrees. At Subway, one cold-holding unit was also above 41 degrees.

Excellent [No violations found]
Circle K (21212 N. John Wayne Parkway)
Leading Edge Academy
Li’s Garden
McDonald’s (Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway)
Penascos Mexican Restaurant
QuikTrip
Raceway Bar & Grill
Rob’s Convenience
Shell Food Mart
Sonic Drive-In
Water and Ice

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Dairy Queen
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
JB Farmer’s Convenience Store
The New HQ
Subway

Needs Improvement [Critical item noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]
None

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


This article appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Maricopa Elementary School

Pinal County Environmental Health inspected 22 establishments that offer food in Maricopa Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and found all but two were excellent. The two had similar issues – keeping food at proper temperatures – and were marked as satisfactory.

The cafeteria at Santa Cruz Elementary School had French fries in a warmer at 130 degrees F instead of the required hot-holding temperature of 135 F or above. It also had salad bar items sitting at 47 F instead of the required cold-holding temperature of 41 F or below.

The McDonald’s inside Wal-Mart had a troublesome refrigerator that held milk and orange juice at 48 F and another milk container at 50 F instead of 41 F.

Excellent [No violations found]
99 Cents Only Store
Barro’s Pizza
Crate Enterprises
CVS Pharmacy
Desert Wind Middle School
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Domino’s Pizza
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Good 2 Go Store
The Green Zone Nutrition
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Maricopa Elementary School
Maricopa Head Start
McDonald’s (Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.)
Papa John’s Pizza
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Sequoia Pathway Academy
Shamrock Farms

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Santa Cruz Elementary
McDonald’s (Wal-Mart)

Needs Improvement [Critical item noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]
None

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


This business brief appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.