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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 4, 2005

Food Quality Awards increase nearly 10 percent

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has announced the recipients of its second annual Food Quality Award in celebration of the 11th Annual Food Safety and Education Day sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association.

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.

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, no foodborne illness outbreaks, and the same ownership for at least two years.

“The number of establishments receiving the Food Quality Award went up about 9.5 percent this year,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “One hundred eighty-four facilities out of approximately 2,100 now meet the stringent requirements we have established. We encourage them to prominently display their award as this will let the public know of their outstanding track record to keep the public safe from foodborne illness and disease.”

A list of this year’s Food Quality Award recipients and information about the City’s Food Protection Program can be found on the Health Department’s Web site (www.kcmo.org/health).

    
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