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Health department releases scores

The Bureau County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam counties to inspect the operation.

Health inspectors use an identical scorecard at each facility, where they check for health code compliance in 45 areas. Each area carries a rating from one to five, with five being the most critical. Inspectors check the entire operations of the facility in 14 different categories, such as food protection, personnel, and garbage and refuse disposal.

Beginning with a score of 100 points, the health inspector deducts one to five points for every violation. The final total is the facility’s inspection report score. A passing food inspection score is 65 or above.

At 65, the Bureau County ordinance allows the health department to close an establishment, but a score doesn’t have to be that low for the department to close it. It depends on the number of critical and non-critical violations and the type of violations. Certain combinations can create a domino effect for food borne outbreaks.

All inspection reports are a matter of public record and can be seen at the Bureau County Health Department in Princeton.

Bureau County food service evaluations
BV South 99
Torri's Ice Cream Parlor 94
Hometown Express 96
Lincoln's Princeton Plaza Restaurant 91
Austin Parker 98
Cake and Bake Shoppe 99
CrownLanes Center 95
Shell Express Lane Gas & Food Mart 92
Sweeties Caramel Creation Company 99
Beetz Me 99
Covered Bridge Fudge at Amtrak Station 98
Days Inn 97
Dollar General Store 99
Econo Lodge 99
Hollywood & Vine 96
Latte Da @ Princeton Library 98
Princeton Inn 96
Somewhere Else 95
Hidden Lake Golf Club LLC 90
Spring Valley
Lincoln Elementary School 98
Mexicana La Rosita 75
Over Yonder Bar & Grill 86
Spring Valley Mini Market 91
John F. Kennedy 98
Kelly's Place 89
Reagan Middle School 98
Walnut Manor Nursing Home 97
BV North 98
Main Street BBQ 98
BV Elementary 95
Wyanet VFW Post 6634 90
Sock's Place 92

Food service evaluations conducted Sept. 1 to Sept. 30

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