The Barry County Health Department has announced a new award program that will recognize food service businesses that excel in the area of food safety. The Silver Spoon Award program will begin Jan. 1, 2009.
"This is an idea I had several years ago to promote excellence in our local food service industry," said Kathleen King, health department administrator. "We want to reassure the public that our food service industry is safe and that people can feel confident eating food from local establishments."
In order to qualify for the Silver Spoon Award, food establishments must obtain all necessary permits and pay all fees before the annual deadline. Businesses that have any critical or non-critical violations during an inspection or a verifiable complaint between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009 will not be eligible for the award.
"We also want to make sure that people are taking the ServSafe course, have someone on-site who is ServSafe certified and that the employees are receiving ServSafe training," said King. "We are setting the bar high because we want owners to make safety their number one priority and quality their second priority."
Business owners who meet all requirements will receive a Silver Spoon Award certificate to display in their food establishment. King also hopes to publish a list of award recipients in local newspapers each year.
"We would like to see all of the local food establishments receive the award next year," said King. "This is a way to demonstrate to the public that we do have a good food safety program.
"It will also let people know that they can feel confident buying food in local grocery stores and eating at local food establishments and convenient stores," said King.
For more information on the Silver Spoon Award program, call King at 847-2114.