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  • Editor's Note: A new inspection-scoring system for local 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 ...
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  • Editor's Note: A new inspection-scoring system for local 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 evaluated 121 restaurants in January. All passed their semiannual inspections, and 61 received perfect scores of 100. All scores are published in weekly portions in the Mail Tribune.
    The following restaurants received perfect scores of 100:
    • MacLevin's, Jacksonville;
    • Mai Thai, Central Point;
    • Mellelo Coffee Roasters, Lear Way, Medford;
    • Mountain Mike's Pizza, Medford;
    • Old Farm House, Ashland;
    • Oregon Mountain Coffee, Medford;
    • Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub, Ashland;
    • Papa John's Pizza, Biddle Road, Medford;
    • Peace House / Wesley Hall, Ashland;
    • Pizza Hut, Center Drive, Medford;
    • Purple Parrot, East Pine Street and Plaza Boulevard, Central Point, 10546 and 11264 Highway 62, Eagle Point, Barnett Road and West Main Street, Medford, and White City;
    • Rogue Valley Roasting Co., Ashland;
    • Rosario's Italian Restaurant, Medford;
    • Siam Cafe Thai Cuisine, Medford;
    • Sonic Drive-In, Medford;
    • Standing Stone Brewing Co., Ashland;
    • Subway Sandwiches No. 15399, Biddle Road, Medford;
    • Talent Club Inc., Talent;
    • Varsity Theatre, Ashland;
    • Wellsprings Garden Cafe, Ashland;
    • Wendy's, Ashland and North Pacific Highway, Medford;
    • Witham Truck Stop Restaurant, Medford.
    The following restaurants received passing scores of 70 points or higher:
    • 62 Marketplace, Shady Cove — 97;
    • Apple Peddler Restaurant No. 4, White City — 92;
    • Aryon's Open Door Island Cafe, Central Point — 97;
    • Bohemian Club, Medford — 95;
    • Bunk's Deli II, Medford — 92.
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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 the division of environmental public health, Jackson County Health and Human Services, 1005 E. Main St.
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