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National Food Safety Education Month - Awards of Excellence

Post Date:09/26/2017 3:10 PM
In recognition of September being designated as National Food Safety Education Month, the Environmental Health Bureau of the Monterey County Health Department announced today the recipients of its Award of Excellence, a highlight of the Monterey County Health Department’s Gold Seal program for retail food facilities.  This year's recipients are (in alphabetical order):
  • Il Fornaio
  • Marina Donuts & Bagels
  • Pacific Coast Care

The announcement was made at the 9th Annual Food Safety Conference.  This year’s conference, “Hot Dogs for Breakfast!” highlighted the regulation of pets and service animals in food establishments. The Keynote Speake was Marni Flagg, Environmental Health Specialist IV, Supervisor of the Consumer Health Protection Services program of the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau who presented on animals in food establishments. Also sharing the platform was Bernard Carr of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, who presented on Egg Safety and Quality Management as it pertains to Farmer’s Markets and Swap Meets and Cary Carmichael of Hobart Equipment, who presented on Food Equipment Maintenance. 

The conference marked the culmination of Monterey County’s Food Safety Education Month, focusing on the importance of Food Safety education to an informed workforce for the restaurant and foodservice industry, while at the same time raising the public’s level of confidence in the industry’s commitment to Food Safety. National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness about the importance of food safety education. The Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau has been part of the Food Safety educational conference for the past nine years.

The following local food establishments were nominated for the Award of Excellence (in alphabetical order):

  • Asilomar Conference Center
  • Bi-Rite Market
  • Burger King ~ Davis Road, Salinas
  • Costco Wholesale Sand City
  • Gonzales Subway ~ #12235
  • Il Fornaio
  • In-n-Out Burger~ #99
  • Isidiro’s Taco Shop
  • La Potranca De Jalisco
  • Louie Linguini’s
  • Marina Donuts & Bagels
  • Mexico Lindo Deli
  • P.F. Chang’s Del Monte Center
  • Pacific Coast Care
  • Panda Express ~ Davis Road, Salinas
  • Taqueria 2 Gallos De Oro
  • Town Burger
  • Yi’s Restaurant

 “All operating food facilities meet regulatory food standards. Those who excel are recognized with our Gold Seal and those food facilities who have consistently demonstrated excellence in providing safe and secure food will be honored” said John Ramirez, Director of Environmental Health.

For more information contact Susan Rimando at (831) 755-4957,

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