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  • Editor's Note: A new inspection-scoring system for food facilities went into effect in September after the state of Oregon adopted the 2009 Food and Drug Administration Food Code. Jackson County health inspectors still use the same criteria for evaluating restaurants, focusing on measures that prevent foodborne illness and su...
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  • Editor's Note: A new inspection-scoring system for food facilities went into effect in September after the state of Oregon adopted the 2009 Food and Drug Administration Food Code. Jackson County health inspectors still use the same criteria for evaluating restaurants, focusing on measures that prevent foodborne illness and subtracting points for violations. However, low-priority items — while noted — no longer count against a restaurant's overall score, effectively increasing the likelihood that an establishment can log a perfect score.
    Jackson County health inspectors in September evaluated 106 restaurants. All passed their semiannual inspections, and 65 received perfect scores of 100. All scores are published in weekly portions in the Mail Tribune.
    The following restaurants received perfect scores of 100:
    • Laurel Hills Golf Course, Central Point
    • Lumpy's No. 5, South Riverside Avenue, Medford
    • Mario's Sandwiches, Phoenix
    • Mazatlan Grill, Central Point
    • McDonald's No. 5996, White City
    • Medford Coffee Co., Medford
    • Mount Ashland ski area, Ashland
    • The Old Farm House, Phoenix
    • Organic Grind, Talent
    • Pier 21, Medford
    • Pit Stop Espresso, Jacksonville
    • Pizza Hut, Central Point, and Biddle Road, Medford
    • Purple Parrot, East Pine Street, Central Point; and Biddle Road, Delta Waters Road, Highland Drive, South Central Avenue and Stewart Avenue, Medford
    • Quiznos, Central Point, and Delta Waters Road, Medford
    • Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Ashland
    • Rogue Valley Country Club concessions and restaurant, Medford
    • Rogue Valley Family Fun Center, Central Point
    • Roxy Ann Lanes, Medford
    • Roy's Pioneer Club, Central Point
    • Sky House Bar & Grill, Medford
    • Starbucks Coffee, Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, and Rogue Valley Mall, Medford.
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    Inspectors subtract points for violations of "priority" and "priority foundation" items, which include: foods maintained at improper temperatures, improperly cooled or reheated; not properly protected from contamination, from unapproved origins, unsafe, adulterated or not honestly presented; not date-marked or discarded upon expiration; raw animal foods improperly cooked; presence of rodents or insects; inadequate personal hygiene; failure to clean and sanitize food equipment; lack of an approved water system; toxic chemicals or cleansers not properly stored, used or labeled.
    Restaurant scores are posted at www.jacksoncounty.org and www.mailtribune.com/dining.
    Inspection files are open to the public at Jackson County Health and Human Services, 1005 E. Main St., Medford.
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