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Health department releases October inspection scores

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

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/Putnam 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


Shallowbrook Farm, Retreat Center 97


BV South 100


Sidetracked 92


The Coal Company 97


Azteca Grocery 86

DePue School 98


Rip’s Tavern 97

Softails 87


BV High School 99


Wagon Wheel 99


Martin Engineering Cafe 99


Saint Bede Academy 88


Bureau County Senior Citizens Association 95

Burger King 97

Chapel Hill Golf Course 94

Country Comfort Retirement Home 99

Princeton High School food service 99


Hidden Lake Golf Club 99

Casey’s General Store 98

Western Bureau County Food Pantry 100

Spring Valley

Angelo’s 85

Aperion Care 89

Bayou Express 93

Goldmine Restaurant 88

Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats 95

Over Yonder Bar and Grill 83

Rodeo Tacos 89

St. Margaret’s Hospital 94

Valley Bar and Grill 91

Verucchi’s Family Property 96

Walmart Distribution Center 92


Indian Hills Golf Course 93

Indian Valley Inn 97

Kelly’s Place 92

Menno Haven Camp, Retreat Center 97


Green River Country Club 84

Little Blessings 95

Mama T’s 92

BV North 97

Putnam County food service evaluations


JD’s 3 87

All evaluations conducted Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.

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