"They always improve year to year," said Jefferson City Environmental Health manager David Grellner. "They get more educated on the violations that we do cite and hope to see improvement from year to year. I would say they are getting better."

The manager for Subway at Capital Mall showed Reeter some of the daily practices the restaurant does to ensure food safety.

"We do [temperature] logs in the morning and late afternoon and if anything is under temp, we throw it away," said manager Anthony Hoose.

While restaurants have a responsibility to make sure they are following health codes, heath officials say there are things diners can do to protect themselves.

One of the biggest recommendations: Hand washing.

Also, if you see an issue that doesn't appear right, inspectors want you to call them.

It was a woman's call last year about the roach in her food at Famous Cajun Grill in Columbia that prompted health officials to investigate, uncovering a number of violations.

If you are curious about a restaurant's background in Columbia, the health department posts the latest inspection reports online. See the reports by clicking here.