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Sweet Pea inspection

Mike Zopf, director of the Routt County Department of Environmental Health, said the photos were taken during a Sept. 2 inspection and show violations of state health codes related to food storage and sanitation. Zopf said the cooler and freezer were not permitted. Sweet Pea owner Jonathon Hieb said the cooler and freezer stored foods only for the market, not the cafe, and were sanitary. Hieb said that there initially was confusion about whether the facilities required a permit and that he plans to comply with all health and building codes moving forward.

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County health officials and Sweet Pea owner Jonathon Hieb disagree about whether this sewer pipe is adequately shielded in a walk-in cooler in Sweet Pea's basement. The county also said the unfinished ceiling and wall materials present sanitation concerns. Courtesy photo/Routt County Department of Environmental Health

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Routt County senior environmental health specialist Heather Savalox said in her 15 years of experience, she's "never seen plumbing connections" like this pump and drainage system in a walk-in cooler used for food storage in Sweet Pea's basement. Owner Jonathon Hieb said this photo was taken on a day when plumbers were working on the system, and is not representative of its usual condition. Courtesy photo/Routt County Department of Environmental Health

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County health officials said the plywood and foam core walls of this walk-in freezer are not compliant with health codes and present numerous sanitation concerns. Sweet Pea owner Jonathon Hieb said Wednesday that “our walk-in, we thought, was OK for a grocery store – it’s storing uncut, unprocessed produce and retail things such as packaged sausage.” Courtesy photo/Routt County Department of Environmental Health

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