Kansas City Health Department records more than 27,000 food violations at area restaurants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Health Department recorded more than 27,000 food violations at area restaurants and had to close down 68 stores in 2011.

The department has about 16 health inspectors who make daily visits to the more than 5,000 restaurants in city limits.

The city tracks each violation and logs it online. The records are available to the public and can be searched at http://tinyurl.com/b2ff5m5.

Walking the streets of the Country Club Plaza Friday night, 41 Action News reporter Syed Shabbir bumped into Bobby Hawk, who was heading to the Cheesecake Factory with a friend.

Together they looked up the restaurant's latest inspection on the city's website, which showed numerous violations recorded two weeks ago.

"Well that's a little disturbing because you go to a place, (and) you obviously expect that place to be clean and sanitary," Hawk said.

Andre Reams and his wife Candace were on their way to the Melting Pop, which showed violations from February 1.  According to the website, the restaurant had a missing ceiling tile and had stored meat on the floor.

"That's disgusting," Andre said.

"(It's) not life and death stuff though," Candace added. "It's not like molded cheese."

"You got stuff falling in from the ceiling? Ceiling tile missing so whatever is in the ceiling is just falling?" Andre bickered back.

The website said the Melting Pot had a follow-up inspection on Friday, and all violations had been resolved.

Sports stadiums, casinos, amusement parks, fast food restaurants, convenience stores and schools are among those listed by the Kansas City Health Department as Grade A food excellence award winners. For the list of cleanest kitchens in the area, visit http://tinyurl.com/aw7546b.

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