Restaurant inspections

Jackson County health inspectors evaluated 62 restaurants in July. Scores are published in the Mail Tribune.

Howard Prairie Store & Restaurant, Ashland, failed its July 1 semiannual inspection, scoring 69 points.

Violations of priority and priority foundation items included a bandage on a worker's hand unprotected by a glove, a worker handling soiled utensils without washing hands before touching work surfaces, a worker's unapproved beverage container in use, contents of the walk-in (meats, cheeses, dairy, soups, etc.) maintained at the unsafe temperature of 52 degrees since the previous day, cooked chicken in service past the one-week deadline for use, ham slices and dairy containers lacking date marks and the lack of sanitizing cloths at the prep line's cutting boards.

After posting a sticker at its entrance indicating failure to comply, the restaurant passed a reinspection July 8, when inspectors logged its perfect score for priority and priority foundation items but noted several scored cutting boards and a microwave's soiled interior.

The restaurant and store are managed by the Mt. Ashland Association under an agreement with Jackson County approved by commissioners in April.


Restaurant scores are posted at and 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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