For several years the Health District has recognized the outstanding food service establishments throughout the county by presenting a framed Gold Ribbon Award. These
awards allow the Health District the opportunity to recognize excellent establishments in a very positive manner. The field sanitarians of the Health District nominate the eating establishment he/she feels meets exceptional standards of public food protection. Food establishments may also nominate
themselves using the same nomination criteria. Criteria is based in part on:
1. No more than one critical food temperature violation in the past year.
2. No confirmed foodborne illness cases reported.
3. At least one trained food service manager employed by the establishment.
4. Annual average demerit score of no more than 5 points.
5. Cleaning and maintenance program that prevents recurring violations.
6. Has an ongoing internal food safety training program.
7. Shows special efforts by using self-inspections, refrigerator/freezer logs, operations manuals or similar aids to help comply with food service regulations.
After going through the approval process, environmental management staff will examine the the nominated establishment's file and sanitation history. They then visit the nominee for an
on-site evaluation of the operation.