Restaurant inspections

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 evaluated 73 restaurants in June. All passed their semiannual inspections, and 44 received perfect scores of 100. All scores are published in weekly portions in the Mail Tribune.

The following restaurants received perfect scores of 100:

  • Pangea, Ashland;
  • Peerless Restaurant, Ashland;
  • Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (Dietary), Medford;
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Rogue Valley Mall, Medford;
  • Rogue Valley Medical Center Food Service Department (basement), Medford;
  • Ruby's, Ashland;
  • Soup to Nuts Catering, Medford;
  • Starbucks Coffee No. 14320, Crater Lake Highway, Medford;
  • Subway of Phoenix No. 21720, Phoenix;
  • Tacos Mi Tierra, Medford;
  • Taroko, Ashland;
  • The Red Lunch Box Express, Eagle Point;
  • Tot Restaurant, Ashland;
  • Touvelle Lodge, Central Point;
  • The Wild Goose Cafe & Bar, Ashland;
  • Yellow Basket Restaurant, Central Point;
  • Yogurt Hut, Ashland.

The following restaurants received passing scores of 70 points or higher:

  • Alex's Plaza Restaurant & Bar, Ashland — 92;
  • Aramark, Jackson County Community Justice Transition Center, Phoenix — 95;
  • Aramark, Jackson County Jail, Medford — 90;
  • Arthur's Restaurant, Eagle Point — 97;
  • Bella Union, Jacksonville — 90;
  • Bonsai Teriyaki Sushi II, Ashland — 89;
  • Brothers' Restaurant, Ashland — 95.
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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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