Tillamook County Environmental Health (EH) department licenses and inspects approximately 300 facilities in the county. These include restaurants, mobile units, pools & spas, schools, RV parks, and motels. These facilities (except motels) receive at least two unannounced inspections annually. Motels are typically inspected once a year.
Food Facility Inspection Scoring System and Enforcement
With the adoption of the 2009 FDA Food Code, Oregon has changed the terminology used to designate violations to Priority (P), Priority Foundation (Pf), and Core (C). The way we score these violations and assess points has also changed.
- Priority item (P) means a provision that has a direct connection to preventing foodborne illness and compliance is a priority.
- Priority foundation item (Pf) includes an item that requires specific actions, equipment or procedures by management to control risk factors such as; personnel training, equipment, documentation, record keeping, and labeling.
- Core item (C) includes an item that is usually related to general sanitation, operational controls, sanitation standard operating procedures (SOPs), facilities or structures, equipment design or general maintenance.
A score will be assigned to priority and most priority foundation violations and a violation count will be assigned to the core items. Priority violations will be a 5 point deduction and priority foundation items will be 3 points each. Enforcement will be based upon the priority and priority foundation score only. The score will still be based upon 100 points and below 70 is a failed to comply.
Each instance of a priority/priority foundation violation relating to a separate rule section number will be scored separately, rather than lumping several violations in the same category together. For example, reheating and improper cooking violations would result in multiple point deductions rather than one deduction as in the old system. Multiple core violations in the same rule section will continue to be lumped together and counted once.
Both priority and priority foundation violations must be corrected at the time of the inspection or an alternative procedure must be in place before leaving the facility. Think of these violations as our critical violations in the “old system.”
The inspector must document on the inspection report how the violation was corrected and also state that the violation was corrected at time of inspection. This may be done in the REQUIRED CORRECTION section of the violation or a 99 informational may be used.
If the violation has not been corrected, and an alternative procedure is in place then a reinspection should be conducted within 14 days.