FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2017
The Kansas City Missouri Health Department’s annual Grade A Food Safety Excellence Awards have been announced. There are 358 food service establishments that qualified for the award this year, including full-scale restaurants, fast-food establishments, school cafeterias, Hospitals/Nursing Homes, bakeries, convenience stores and grocery stores.
The award recognizes food establishments that have continuously demonstrated excellence in compliance with the Kansas City, Missouri Food Code and other public health standards. The award is valid for one year and is based on cumulative inspection reports throughout 2016.
The Health Department recognizes that excellence is best achieved when food service management fully endorses employee education and training. Therefore, the 2017 award goes to establishments that have exhibited excellence in sanitation and food safety, as well as employee education.
All local food establishments are inspected regularly by the Health Department, and must pass these inspections in order to remain open. 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.