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 September evaluated 106 restaurants. All passed their semiannual inspections, and 65 received perfect scores of 100. All scores are published in weekly portions in the Mail Tribune.
The following restaurants received perfect scores of 100:
- Stone Ridge Golf Club, Eagle Point;
- Subway Sandwiches No. 10688, Center Drive, Medford;
- Taco Bell No. 21401, White City;
- Taco Bell/Pizza Hut No. 028001, East Jackson Street, Medford;
- Taco Delite, Medford;
- Tee Time Cafe, Medford.
The following restaurants received passing scores of 70 points or higher:
- All American Frozen Yogurt, Rogue Valley Mall, Medford — 97;
- Bee Gee's Diner, Rogue River — 82;
- Bel Di's on the Rogue, Shady Cove — 92;
- Bricktowne Barrel House, Medford — 97;
- Butte Falls Cafe, Butte Falls — 97;
- Chinese Gourmet Express, Rogue Valley Mall, Medford — 97;
- Drive By Deli, White City — 97;
- Eagle Point Food & Friends, Eagle Point — 95;
- First Presbyterian Church, Phoenix — 97;
- Good 2 Go, Medford — 97;
- Grilla Bites, Ashland — 92;
- Hana Sushi, Ashland — 97;
- Hannah's BBQ & Catfish, Medford — 92;
- House of Thai Cuisine, Ashland — 90;
- Human Bean, East Barnett Road, Medford — 97;
- Human Bean, Rossanley Road, Medford — 97;
- India's Kitchen, Medford — 95;
- Jack's Tally Ho, Talent — 95;
- Jacksonville Tavern, Jacksonville — 97.
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.