Archive for Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Gas station cited by state

December 4, 2002

A Tonganoxie gasoline station that also sells food has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

According to Sharon Watson of KDHE, G&P Country Market, 1204 E. 24-40 Highway, is accused of violating food-safety regulations. Watson said that on Sept. 4, health inspectors found that chicken nuggets were stored in a display case at 117 degrees, and a sausage and egg biscuit was stored in the case at 122 degrees. According to the Kansas Food Code, food should be stored at least 140 degrees.

During a second inspection, on Oct. 4, these foods were found in a display case: chicken strips at 122 degrees, egg rolls at 123 degrees to 129 degrees; steak fries at 102 degrees and 110 degrees; burritos at 125 degrees and 128 degrees; and chicken nuggets at 120 degrees.

"They weren't holding the hot food hot enough, and there was a possibility of bacteria growth," Watson said.

She said G&P was fined $500 a day. G&P has until Thursday to pay the fine or appeal the case, Watson said.

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