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Restaurant inspections

Jackson County health inspectors evaluated 99 restaurants in May. One restaurant failed its semi-annual inspection, and 23 received perfect scores of 100. All scores are reported in the Mail Tribune, with a portion published weekly.

Mountain Resort at Hyatt Lake Inc., Ashland, failed its semi-annual inspection on May 18, scoring 53 points.

Critical violations included: prime rib and sliced beef not date-marked; clam chowder, chili, quiche and beef soup not consumed or discarded within the required time period; workers handling raw egg batter, then ready-to-eat foods without washing their hands; employees drinking from unapproved containers; and the slicer and can opener soiled with food debris.

Health inspectors also noted a lack of sanitizing solution on wiping cloths; potatoes, onions and bread crumbs stored on the floor; knives stored between equipment; scored cutting boards; worn shelving and rusted racks; soiled refrigerator and microwave interiors; and a general lack of cleanliness.

After posting a sticker at its entrance indicating failure to comply, the restaurant failed re-inspections on May 21 and 22 when inspectors observed critical violations of food not consumed or discarded within the required time period; raw oysters and egg batter posing a threat of cross-contamination; employees drinking from unapproved containers; and the slicer soiled with food debris.

The restaurant passed on May 26, scoring 91 points. However, health inspectors found sausage and frozen egg product thawing at room temperature, turkey breast immersed in an ice bath; a lack of sanitizing solution on wiping cloths; and single-service food items stored on the floor.

Inspectors subtract points for critical violations, which include: foods held 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 online at www.jacksoncounty.org and www.mailtribune.com.

Inspection files are open to the public at the division of environmental health, Jackson County Health and Human Services, 1005 E. Main St., Medford.