DQ dinged for 7 violations by health inspector

The front counter at Dairy Queen [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Maricopa Shell / Dairy Queen and Saddleback Elementary School were found to have violations during routine health inspections by Pinal County Environmental Health Services Feb. 17-March 15.  

Dairy Queen

  1. Certified Food Protection Manager: The posted manager’s food safety certificate expired.
  2. When to Wash: Employee handled dishes without washing hands.
  3. Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency: Buildup of debris on the guard plates of the hamburger oven.
  4. Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils: Heavy buildup of encrusted food debris on the food probe thermometer.
  5. Sanitizing Solutions, Testing Devices: Chlorine-based sanitizer testing strips not available.
  6. Floors, Walls and Ceilings — Cleanability: Floors throughout facility dirty. Concrete floor in the walk-in cooler damaged, holes in walls throughout the facility and walk-in cooler, ceiling tiles damaged/missing, tile baseboard damaged under the three-compartment sink and around ice machine.
  7. Cleaning Ventilation Systems, Nuisance and Discharge Prohibition: Buildup of dust on air vents above food prep areas.

Saddleback Elementary
1. Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Hot and Cold Holding:
Internal temperatures of lasagna held in upright warmers were 112°F-123°F. Proper temperature: ≥135°F.

The following sites received “Excellent” marks for their inspections:

  • A+ Charter Schools
  • Butterfield Elementary School
  • Leading Edge Academy
  • Legacy Traditional School
  • Maricopa Elementary School
  • Maricopa Wells Middle School
  • McDonald’s (20700 N. John Wayne Pkwy.)
  • Pima Butte Elementary School
  • Santa Rosa Elementary School
  • Sequoia Pathway Academy — K-6
  • Sequoia Pathway Academy — Secondary
  • Taco Bell

EXCELLENT No violations found.

SATISFACTORY Violations corrected during inspection.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection.

UNACCEPTABLE Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service.

 This story was first published in the April edition of InMaricopa magazine.