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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 22, 2004

Health Department announces Food Quality Award recipients

The Health Department announces the first recipients of its Food Quality Award in celebration of the 10th Annual Food Safety and Education Day sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association. The names of the 168 award recipients for 2004 are posted on the Health Department’s Web page on the City’s Web site (www.kcmo.org).

The Food Quality Award recognizes food establishments that have continuously demonstrated excellence in compliance with the City’s food code and other public health standards established by the Health Department. The award is valid for one year. It is anticipated that this award will be bestowed annually in September, which is National Food Safety Month. The 168 award recipients represent 4.4 percent of the total 3,823 food establishments issued permits by the Health Department.

“We are excited to offer this new service to our citizens and hope to see even more recipients recognized next year,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department.

Criteria for the Food Quality Award are based on risk as defined by the type of food prepared, population served, number of trained staff, and past inspection performance. Other criteria include; no imminent health hazard violations, repeat code violations, or foodborne illness outbreaks; and same ownership for at least two years.

Recipients are being asked to prominently display their awards.

    
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