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Health department releases inspection scores for December

The Bureau-Putnam County Health Department has released its monthly food service inspection scores for December.

The 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


Hometown Express 94

Martin Engineering Cafe 99

The Neponset Oasis 94


Alexander Park Tavern 87

Aperion Care Princeton 97

Big Apple Restaurant 84

Burger King 97

Four and Twenty Cafe 95

Manor Court 96

Monical’s Pizza 96

Myrtle’s Cafe 97

Niel & Shorty’s BBQ 99

Pizza Cellar 89

Poor Boys Catering 99

Prime Quarter Steak House 98

Princeton Elks Lodge 1461 91

Princeton Moose Family Center 95

Spoons 95

Sullivan Foods/Deli 89

Walmart Super Center Bakery/Deli 93

Wendy’s 98

Spring Valley

Double Country Restaurant 88

Little Lutus 92

Ruiz Food Market 88


Best Program 100

Evaluations conducted Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018.

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