The Grade A Food Safety Excellence Award recognizes food establishments that have continuously demonstrated excellence in compliance with the City’s food code and other public health standards. The award is valid for one year and is based on cumulative inspection reports throughout 2016. There were 358 food service establishments that qualified for the award in 2016, including full-scale restaurants, fast-food establishments, school cafeterias, bakeries, convenience stores and grocery stores. The 2017 awards will be announced next year.
The Health Department recognizes that excellence is most fully achieved when food service management fully endorses employee education and training. Therefore, the 2016 award goes to establishments that have exhibited excellence in sanitation and food safety, as well as employee education.
All food establishments in Kansas City, Mo., are inspected regularly by the Health Department, and if they are open, they have passed their inspections. Those receiving the excellence award, approximately 9 percent of the City’s 3,886 permitted food establishments, substantially exceeded the standards of the food code.