Food Inspections

Protecting the safety of retail food is a serious responsibility. Throughout Missouri, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and local public health agencies regulate more than 30,000 food establishments or food processing plants. Routine and follow-up inspections are conducted to assure that these facilities are preparing, handling, serving, and/or storing food that is safe for consumption.

Food establishments are inspected according to the Missouri Food Code. How often an establishment is inspected is determined by risk – type of food prepared, population served, difficulty level of food preparation, inspection history. Restaurants preparing food from raw ingredients are inspected more often than convenience stores selling only non-potentially hazardous foods such as soda and pre-packaged food.

When the Environmental Public Health Specialist (EPHS) inspects a food establishment, they look for how well the owner, manager, and employees are following the Food Code. Deficiencies are written as violations. Violations can be priority (critical) or core (non-critical).

Critical violations can directly impact food safety and include items such as: cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods, touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands, food from an unapproved source, improper food temperatures, a lack of food safety knowledge by the Person in Charge, and poor personal hygiene and employee health. Every attempt will be made to see that critical violations are corrected at the time of inspection. If that is not possible, the establishment will be given a short timeframe in which to correct all critical items. If there is an imminent health risk to the public, the establishment will close until that risk has been eliminated.

Non-critical violations are important, but usually do not directly impact food safety. These include items such as dirty floors, dirty non-food contact equipment and surfaces, facility and/or equipment repair issues, sticky tabletops, and clutter.

Establishments

Click the title to see the inspection for each place

Powerhouse Food

Princeton - Routine inspection conducted on 09/15/2023 Priority items: None observed. Core items: Damaged flooring and missing window. Physical facilities must be maintained and in good repair. Evidence of insects in cabinets under sink. The presence of insects shall...

Juju’s Wings N Tings

Princeton - Pre-opening inspection conducted on 11/20/2023: Priority items: None observed. Core items: Insects and cobwebs noted in windowsill near area where food will be served. The presence of insects, rodents, and other pests shall be controlled to minimize their...

Tigres Restaurant

Princeton – Pre-opening inspection conducted on 08-25-2023. Critical violations: none observed Non-critical violations: none observed

Randy’s Short Stop

South Lineville – Routine inspection conducted on 08-03-2023. Critical: Potentially hazardous foods, cheese and sliced tomatoes, no held at 41 degrees or below. PHFs must be kept above 135 degrees or below 41 degrees to prevent bacterial growth. Ready to eat PHF, soft...

Modena Variety Store

Princeton – Routine inspection conducted on 07-26-2023. Critical violations: none observed Non-critical violations: Walk-in freezer door unable to be opened due to excessive frost. Surfaces must remain smooth and easily cleanable. Discussion/Additional Comments:...

Princeton Custom Meats

Routine inspection conducted on 01-26-24. Critical violations: None. Non-critical violations: Frozen raw food stored above ready to eat food. RTE food must be stored above raw food to prevent contamination. Corrected on site Personal food stored with other food. These...

Mercer Pizza Plus

Routine inspection conducted on 08-25-2023. Critical: None. Non-critical: Damaged floor tiles and ceiling. Minimal tears in the booth cushions. Gap in door frame in back storage room. Physical facilities shall be maintained and in good repair. Surfaces must be smooth...

Mercer County Food Pantry

Princeton – Routine inspection conducted on 1-24-2023. Critical: Yogurt and shredded carrots held above 41 degrees. Potentially hazardous food must be held at 41 degrees or lower. Raw meats were displayed next to (touching) or on top off different raw meats. Food...

Hometown Cafe

Follow-up inspection conducted on 02-22-2024. Critical: none observed - previous violations corrected. Non-critical: none observed.

Mercer Hometown Market

Routine inspection conducted on 02-17-2023. Critical: None. Non-critical: Damaged ceiling in back room with deep freezers. Physical facilities must be maintained and in good repair. No wastebasket at handwashing sink in back room. Handwashing stations must have hot...

Snappy’s Convenience Store

Princeton – Routine inspection conducted on 11-16-23. Critical violations: None observed. Non-critical violations: Mice feces observed in back storage areas. Evidence of insects in windowsills. The presence of insects, rodents, or other pests shall be controlled to...

Smokehouse Bar

South Lineville – Routine inspection conducted on 12/8/2023 Critical: None observed. Non-critical: Hole in wall and gap in flooring connecting to second room. Physical facilities shall be maintained and in good repair. Paper towels stored on the floor. Single-use...

Casey’s General Store #1092

Princeton – Routine inspection conducted on 11-16-2023. Critical: none observed Non-critical: Area behind soda machine has dirty and sticky substance. Physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to maintain cleanliness.

Straight Line Beef Co

Princeton – Routine inspection conducted on 11-10-2022. Critical: none observed Non-critical: Single service items stored on the floor of the pantry. Single service items must be stored at least 6 inches off the floor to prevent contamination and protect items....

Princeton R-V School

Princeton - Follow-up inspection conducted on 02-22-2024. Critical: none observed - previous violations corrected. Non-critical: none observed.

Mercer R-III School

Routine inspection conducted on 01-18-2024. Critical: None observed. Non-critical: None observed.

Dollar General

Princeton – Routine inspection conducted on 03-31-2023. Critical: None observed. Non-critical: None observed.

Memo Dawgs & Lemonade Bliss

Mercer – Routine inspection conducted on 09-15-2023. Critical: None. Non-critical: None. Discussed handwashing, warewashing, and covering of food stand.

Crazy Horse Cafe

Routine inspection conducted on 01-18-2024. Critical: Employees using tobacco in kitchen and food storage areas. Employees should only use tobacco in designated areas to prevent contamination of food, equipment, single use items, etc. Potentially hazardous food...

The Local Eatery

Pre-opening inspection conducted on 09-16-2022. Critical: None observed. Non-critical: Thermometer missing for cold unit storage in small refrigerator. Single-service items stored on the floor - must be at least 6 inches off the floor to protect from...

The Famous

Follow-up inspection on 02/08/2024: Priority items: None observed. Core items: None observed. Discussion: Discussed using water bottles and/or ice packs to maintain fridge temperature if PHFs present. Discussed PHFs and when produce becomes potentially...

Hour Place

Routine inspection conducted on 08-17-2023. Critical: None observed. Non-critical: Spillage and drippage in cabinets under coffee and soda machines. Dust accumulation in vents of walk-in coolers. Physical facilities should be cleaned as often as necessary to maintain...