Two eateries in Maricopa were cited by health inspectors in Sept. 16 through Oct. 15 inspections, mainly for having refrigerators not working properly. Twenty-three other establishments, including most pizza joints in town, received excellent marks.

McDonald’s on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway had a reach-in, two-door refrigerator that was not holding food at the required 41 degrees or below. The inspector found tomatoes, corn and lettuce at temperatures ranging from 59 to 61 degrees. In a glass-door refrigerator, yogurt and burritos were at 58 degrees. Food items were embargoed to be discarded. The inspector also noted at least one employee multi-tasking with the same gloves.

The Circle K at 21212 N. John Wayne Parkway was marked down for having a self-serve display refrigeration unit holding sandwiches at 45-51 degrees. The manager took action at the time of inspection, and the food was embargoed.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Ace Vending at Central Arizona College
Barro’s Pizza
The Box Meat Shop
Circle K (east)
Circle K (east) – Made to Go
Circle K (north)
CVS Pharmacy
Dollar Tree
Good 2 Go Store
Helen’s at Copper Sky
Helen’s at Pacana Park
Helen’s Kitchen
Honeycutt Coffee
KFC/Long John Silvers
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Papa John’s Pizza
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Pizza Hut
QuikTrip
QuikTrip – Kitchen
Taco Bell
Walgreens
Water and Ice

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Circle K (south), McDonald’s (Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway)

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 November issue of InMaricopa.

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