Little Caesars storefront, shot on June 2, 2023. [Brian Petersheim Jr.

Food inspectors haven’t found fault with a Maricopa restaurant for more than five months. 

Pinal County inspectors last found a Maricopa eatery violating the county’s environmental health code in early February. They visited a burger joint and fast-food pizzeria on Friday, keeping the perfect streak. 

Both Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and Little Caesar’s Pizza received their second excellent ratings in a row, according to the latest food inspector reports. 

Freddy’s most recently received a satisfactory inspection last July for cold holding and equipment violations. 

Little Caesar’s last received a satisfactory rating when inspectors found six violations related to bugs, hot holding, equipment and cleanliness last May. 

The inspections came during a week when both national chains announced new limited-time menu items. 

Wichita, Kan.-based Freddy’s announced July 3 the launch of its new Prime Steakburger and Reese’s Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Concrete available until Aug. 20. Following last summer’s success, Detroit-based Little Caesar’s said July 1 it’s bringing back the Pepsi Pineapple and Crazy Puffs bundle for $4.99 until July 14. 

What do the ratings mean?          

Excellent: All priority standards are observed as compliant.         

Satisfactory: One or more priority standards is out of compliance. All priority standards are corrected at the time of inspection.         

Needs improvement: One or more priority standards is out of compliance. At least one violation is not corrected at the time of inspection. When violations are corrected to the satisfaction of the department during a follow-up inspection, a satisfactory rating will be given.         

Unacceptable: One or more violations observed are an “imminent health hazard.” Hazards include the misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of an apparent foodborne illness outbreak and unsanitary conditions that may endanger public health. Hazards can stem from fires, floods, electrical or water problems, and sewage backup. When violations are corrected to the satisfaction of the department during a follow-up inspection, a satisfactory rating will be given. 





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