You can eat off their kitchen floors
Health Dept. recognizes establishments with perfect scores
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 10:00 AM
Twenty-nine Jefferson County food establishments and full-service kitchens made it through 2013 without a single health violation.
DOING IT RIGHT: Katie Jackson prepares a lunch order at Mike’s Grill on Monday. Jackson, who has worked at the restaurant for 17 years, and her co-workers made it through all of 2013 without any citations from the Jefferson County Health Department. Mike’s Grill was one of just 29 locations that serve food in the county that did not have a citation in 2013. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)
The more than two dozen locations included hotels, schools and restaurants. The number of places with zero health violations increased from nine in 2012.
It's the first time Audrey Barnes, the Jefferson County Health Department's standardized food safety inspection officer, can remember so many perfect scores.
"We've had a great year," she said.
The list includes: 1st Street Country Saloon, Azalea Manor B&B, Breaktime Cardinal Catering, Canaan Community Academy, Cocoa Safari, Comfort Inn, Golden Kitchen, Goley's Orchard, Chi Omega at Hanover College, Phi Gamma Delta at Hanover College, Phi Mu at Hanover College, Sigma Chi at Hanover College, Hendricks Beall Home, Higher Grounds, Holiday Inn Express, Iron Gate Inn, Madison Vineyards, Madison Vineyards B&B, Deputy Elementary School, E.O. Muncie Elementary School, Lydia Middleton Elementary School, Mike's Grill, Paradise Cove Catering Pope John and Shawe cafeteria, Rose Cottage B&B, Sodexo Coffee Shop at Hanover College, Traderbakers Mall No. 2, White Eye Ranch and Windy Hill B&B.
Barnes said many of those locations make the list every year. She said Cocoa Safari has been without a health violation since 2008 and 1st Street Country Saloon hasn't had a violation since it opened in September 2011.
The health department oversees about 170 establishments - many of which include full-service kitchens. It also inspects temporary food booths and trucks during county festivals and events.
Locations with full-service kitchens are inspected quarterly.
The violations are cited as either noncritical and critical, and the department logs repeat offenses. A critical violation is defined as noncompliance that could significantly contribute to food contamination, illness or environment health hazards.
Last year, the health department fielded fewer complaints as part of its 621 inspections, Barnes said. The department also conducted 327 inspections for temporary locations.
Barnes said she believes the locations have responded to their inspections being made more readily available for the public. By Indiana statute, the files become public record 10 days after a health inspection.
The Madison Courier and the health department began publishing the inspections at the beginning of last year. The inspections are updated quarterly on the health department website, www.jeffersoncoinhealthdept.com.
"I think printing them in the paper kind of stepped people up," Barnes said.