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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
DePue School 99
Giant's Den 94
Allen Jr. High School 99
Fast Stop 94
LaMoille High School 96
Noah's Ark Child Care Center 92
KanKun 85
Softails Inc. 90
Malden Grade School 94
Bureau Valley High School 94
Mendota Golf Club 90
Pipes Pub and Deli 94
Saint Bede Academy 90
Bella's 92
Culver's 90
Four and Twenty Cafe 93
Hunter's Ridge Golf Course 87
Pizza Hut 94
Princeton High School Food Service 98
Zearing Child Enrichment Center Inc. 97
Casey's General Store 82
Didoughs Twisted Pretzel Co. 98
Lincoln Elementary School District 115 99
McDonald's 97
Princeton Youth Soccer South Park 98
Cadillac Ranch Inc. 88
Fitzgerald's Piano Lounge Inc. 97
Spring Valley
Angelo's 92
Hall High School Cafeteria 98
Jimmy John's 99
Old TownTacos 74
Spring Valley Head Start 98
St. Margaret's Hospital 95
Valley Bar and Grill 93
Verucchi's Family Property Ltd. 96
Indian Hills Golf Course 93
Indian Valley Inn Inc. 87
Van Orin
Van Orin Grade School 97
Express Lane Gas & Food Mart 85
Family Pizzeria 73
Little Blessings 99
Walnut Cafe and Bar 89
Wyanet Food Pantry 100

Putnam County food service evaluations
Ali's Pantry 85
Granville Head Start 94
Country Stop 95
Putnam County Elementary School 99
Rolando's Inc. 96
Kathy's Korner Pub 100
Putnam County Junior High 98

All inspections conducted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.

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