Inspectors tag deli, fast-food restaurant

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Two Maricopa eateries were marked down by Pinal County health inspectors from Jan. 12-Feb. 10.

A dishwasher sanitizer at Jack in the Box was found to be at 0.0 ppm chlorine. The dishwasher and dishes inside were removed from service. The unit was not to be used until repaired to provide 50-100 ppm chlorine. A re-inspection was scheduled.

The inspection also found internal temperatures of jalapeno cheese dishes, milk, ice cream and salads held in the upright reach-in cooler were 55-58 degrees. The manager voluntarily discarded the items. Food in cold holding should be managed at or below 41 degrees. The ambient air temperature inside the reach-in was recorded at 57 degrees and resulted in a cold-holding violation. The manager was told not to use the unit to hold temperature-controlled foods until it can be repaired to hold internal food temperatures at or below 41 degrees. It was to be re-inspected within 10 days to confirm repair.

The internal temperatures of hot dogs, corn dogs and chicken sandwiches in vertical holders in the reach-in warmer at Walmart’s Deli were 99-109 degrees. The manager voluntarily discarded the items. Foods should be maintained at or above 135 degrees for hot holding.

The inspector observed open packages of turkey and roast beef in the display cooler with expired stickers. The manager was unable to determine when the meat was originally opened and voluntarily discarded the lunch meat. The inspector reminded the manager to apply a date marking system that does not exceed seven days.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]

• Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Walmart)
• Firehouse Subs
• Fry’s Marketplace
• Fry’s Marketplace Deli
• Fry’s Marketplace Sushi
• Maricopa Head Start
• Rilibertos Restaurant
• Roots Eatery
• Walmart

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]

• Jack in the Box
• Walmart Deli

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected]


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


This item appears in the March issue of InMaricopa magazine.