The Pinal County Health Department inspected 12 Maricopa eateries in April, handing out citations to six.

The six restaurants receiving citations were Dairy Queen, Teakwoods Tavern and Grill, The Silver Spur at the Duke at Rancho El Dorado, Papago Cantina, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course Grille 109 and Say Sushi.

The restaurants had the following inspection violations:

Dairy Queen
● not date marking food
● not holding foods at proper temperature

Teakwoods
● not holding foods at proper temperature
● mold-like substance growing around the sink

Silver Spur at the Duke at Rancho El Dorado
● Not holding foods at proper temperature

Papago Cantina
● Improper cooling
● Not holding foods at proper temperature

Say Sushi
● Green onions and tofu not under a sneeze guard
● Not holding foods at proper temperature

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Grille 109
● Improper chemical levels
● Blocked hand washing sink
● Improper use/storage of utensils

For the violations all the cited restaurants received scores of satisfactory.

Health inspectors conduct random inspections aimed at ensuring all proper steps are taken to maintain consumer safety, Pinal County officials said. The department can issue violations that are either critical or non-critical.
 
Critical violations must be fixed within 10 days and affect a location's score. Non-critical violations must be fixed within 90 days. Grades are based on the number of violations, with an "E" for excellent being the highest possible score. Other scores are "S" for satisfactory, "U" for unacceptable and "N" for needs improvement.
 
Restaurants receiving perfect scores were Penascos Mexican Grill, Little Caesars, Jack in the Box, Yogurt Jungle and Great Wall.

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