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Food facilities recieve Award of Excellence

National Food Safety Education Month - Food Safety Conference

Post Date:09/24/2018 3:00 PM

IIMG_6636n 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 award recipients are (in alphabetical order):

  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Eden Valley Care Center
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

“All operating food facilities are required to meet regulatory food safety standards. Those who excel are recognized with our Gold Seal and those Gold Seal food facilities who have consistently demonstrated excellence in providing safe and secure food are be honored with a nomination towards the Award of Excellence” said John Ramirez, Director of Environmental Health

The announcement was made at the 10th Annual Food Safety Conference. This year’s conference, “Food Safety on the Go” highlighted food safety for temporary food event vendors and mobile food vendors. The Keynote Speaker from the Housing and Community Development office for the State of California, presented on the nuances of building a mobile food facility and the steps necessary to permit it for use. Also sharing the platform were speakers from local Fire Departments, with a focus on fire safety, and an overview covering common fire hazards and fire prevention tips for barbeques, ovens, and stoves was provided. The Monterey County Health Department also reviewed food safety for vendors, including how to host a successful and illness-free event.

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 ten years.

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

  • Alisal School District CK
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing
  • Costco North Davis Road
  • Salinas Dairy Queen #63
  • Eden Valley Care Center
  • Fishwife Market & Seafood Deli
  • Five Guys
  • Gianni’s Pizza
  • Il Vecchio
  • Mike’s Pizza-Gonzales
  • Panda Express – N. Davis Road, Salinas
  • Salinas Valley Memorial HCS
  • Sun Street Center
  • Taco Bell #27303 – Marina
  • The Clubhouse at Quail Lodge
  • The Gallery
  • Windsor Garden Rehabilitation

For more information on how you can participate in The Monterey County Health Departments Gold Seal Program contact Susan Rimando at (831) 755-4957,

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