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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 May evaluated 82 restaurants, all of which passed their semiannual inspections. All scores are published in weekly portions in the Mail Tribune.
    The following restaurants received passing scores of 70 points or higher:
    • Johnny B's Rockin Diner, Medford — 95;
    • Jupiter Cafe, Talent — 90;
    • King Wah, Medford — 95;
    • La Casa del Pueblo, Ashland — 97;
    • Little Brown Jug-Mei Sum, Talent — 90;
    • Lucky's, Gold Hill — 95;
    • Lumpy's No. 4, Medford Center, Medford — 97;
    • McDonald's No. 2013, East Barnett Road, Medford — 90;
    • Mihama Teriyaki Grill, Ashland — 87;
    • Mrs. Q's Restaurant, Medford — 97;
    • Mystic Treats, Talent — 92;
    • Pizza at the Cove, Shady Cove — 94;
    • Pizza Hut No. 102017, Biddle Road, Medford — 95;
    • Real Deal Cafe, Medford — 95;
    • Rogue River Community Center, Rogue River — 92;
    • Rogue River Cottage Cafe, Rogue River — 95;
    • Rogue River Food & Friends, Rogue River — 97;
    • Senor Sam's Mexican Grill, Medford Center, Medford — 89;
    • Shy's Cafe & Lounge, Shady Cove — 97;
    • Starbucks Coffee No. 444, Biddle Road, Medford — 97;
    • Starbucks Coffee No. 443, Center Drive, Medford — 95;
    • Subway Sandwiches & Salads, Crater Lake Avenue, Medford — 90;
    • Subway Sandwiches, Talent — 89;
    • Sugar Pine Co. Cafe, Butte Falls — 95;
    • Talent Food & Friends, Talent — 97;
    • Tim's Backyard BBQ, Medford — 97.
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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., Medford.
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