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Wellington Middle School’s kitchen blows inspection; 4 dead mice, 15 moths in oatmeal, 30 rodent droppings under the sink in the southwest prep area

Wellington Middle School’s kitchen blows inspection; 4 dead mice, 15 moths in oatmeal, 30 rodent droppings under the sink in the southwest prep area

By: Robert Dewey |

Wellington, KS

Wellington Middle School


The Kansas of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/13/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Wellington Middle School was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 4 violations were found.

Wellington Middle School has checkered history when state inspectors show up:

  • April 25, 2017– failed routine inspection with 3 violations; rodent droppings found
  • May 10, 2017– passed a follow-up to the April inspection with no violations
  • December 12, 2017– passed routine inspection with 4 violations, inspector commented, “There were approximately 60 dead bugs in both storage rooms along the floor/wall junctions.
    In the West Storage Room, there is one dead mouse on a glue trap on the south wall.”
  • April 26, 2018– passed routine inspection with one violation, “In the dry storage, there was (sic) rodent droppings along the floor under the shelves.”
  • October 4, 2018– failed routine inspection¬† with 4 violations including, “In the west dry storage room, there are an estimated 100 fresh rodent droppings throughout the room along the walls and below shelves and food racks.”
  • October 15, 2018– passed a follow-up inspection with no violations
  • December 6, 2018– fails inspection following complaint, “There are over 200 rodent droppings throughout the side rooms and closets in the kitchen. Food and equipment are stored in these areas. Two unset mouse traps were seen during the inspection.”
  • January 8, 2019– follow-up inspection found no violations
  • March 21, 2019– passes inspection with 2 violations- no reports of vermin.
  • September 5, 2019– fails inspection with 3 violations- no reports of vermin
  • September 19, 2019– passed inspection with no violation at follow-up inspection

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • In the south storage room behind the walk-in-cooler (WIC), a large trash can was used to store a bag of oatmeal. There were an estimated 15 moths inside the container with the oatmeal, including inside the bag of oatmeal. PIC said they do not use the oatmeal anymore so nobody has been checking the container. There is about two cups of oatmeal inside the trash can. The trash can is food grade. Corrected-on-site (COS)- Oatmeal was discarded and trash can was cleaned out.
  • A wye valve is attached to the end of the mop sink. Both outlets on the wye valve have hoses attached, one going to a chemical dispenser with an air gap installed. The other hose is stored inside the mop sink, below the flood rim line with the valve on the wye valve turned off . There is an atmospheric vacuum breaker (AVB) installed on the mop sink. Maintenance will have to disconnect the wye valve
  • There were an estimated 15 moths inside a food grade trash can containing a bag of oatmeal. The moths were in contact with the oatmeal. There were an estimated 30 rodent droppings under the sink in the southwest prep area. Four dead mice were found stuck to a glue trap in the maintenance room in the east portion of the kitchen. Observed one sticky trap in the maintenance room. Facilities is responsible for pest control.
  • In the south storage room behind the WIC, a box of single-use lids were stored directly next to a box containing cans of aerosol cleaners. COS- The lids were moved to a better location.

Abbreviations used by inspectors:

AVB- An Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker (AVB) is a backflow prevention device used in plumbing to prevent backflow of non-potable liquids into the drinking water system
BOH- Back of the House
CFSM- Certified Food Safety Manager
COS- Corrected on-site during inspection
FCS- Food contact surface
PIC- Person-in-charge
PHF- Potentially Hazardous Foods
RIC- Reach in cooler
RTE- Ready to Eat
WIC- Walk-in cooler