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Raleigh Papa John's employees load dough into personal vehicles

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The shop was told to make sure the pizza dough is covered from now on. The shop was told to make sure the pizza dough is covered from now on.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Pizzas are no stranger to the backseat of a car, but most of the time they’re tucked inside a box and in a warming bag.

But uncovered dough in the backseat of employee vehicles led to a Raleigh Papa John’s getting a surprise visit from Wake County health inspectors Wednesday.

WNCN Investigates received videos from a business owner who works next door to the Papa John’s in Brier Creek.

The videos show employees, on more than one occasion, loading uncovered crates of dough into their personal vehicles.

During some of the time, the dough was being rained on while being loaded.

A Papa John’s spokesperson says they were transporting the dough to another store that needed it.

WNCN notified the health department to find out if any regulations were being violated. Later that afternoon, the health inspector was sent to the restaurant.

The inspector says the pizza shop was not violating any laws that would cause any major health concerns.

He says the actions would have cost Papa John’s a half of point against its health inspection rating.

The shop was told to make sure the pizza dough is covered from now on.

“I think it’s important to know where your food is coming from,” said James Barnhill, who recorded the incidents on his phone. “They weren’t wearing any gloves, it wasn’t covered, there’s no telling what’s in the back seat of your car,” he added.

Barnhill first reached out to Papa John’s corporate office who told him the dough should be thrown out immediately.

“I tried to do the right thing by contacting them directly but it continued to happen so my only other recourse was to call you guys and I’m glad you came out,” Barnhill told WNCN.

Papa John’s corporate office issued a statement saying : "The safety of our customers is top priority for Papa John's. Team members are trained to keep food covered while transporting it, which complies with Health Department guidelines. We have addressed the particular incident that occurred today and have reinforced the proper procedure with our team members to ensure it does not happen again."

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Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is an investigative reporter and member of the WNCN Investigates team. His storytelling specialty is connecting the dots to get to the truth, with a goal of delivering results for our community. If you have something you’d like WNCN to investigate, contact Jonathan.

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