TULARE – Does your burger have bacteria? Is your taco too good to be true?
Consumers who want to know if their favorite restaurant is handling their food with extra care can do so by checking out a list offered by the Tulare County Health & Human Service Agency’s Environmental Health Services (TCEH).
The list includes restaurants that have consistent safe food handling practices and have achieved a score of 95 percent or above on three consecutive routine inspections conducted by TCEH.
Restaurants who meet the criteria were recognized this week with an Excellence in Food Safety Awards certificate. The award places a spotlight on those restaurants that demonstrate outstanding performance in, and an exceptional commitment to, safe food handling.
At the March 25 board of supervisors meeting, more than 210 local retail food facilities were recognized and named individually.
“Environmental Health places the utmost importance on recognizing restaurants that practice consistency in safe food handling and receive high marks on inspections,” said Nilsa Gonzalez, division manager of Tulare County HHSA Environmental Health. “These restaurateurs have achieved a level of safety that we admire and hope others will emulate.”
Retailers who receive an award earn a framed certificate and window ribbon cling to display at their facility. Residents can find out which facilities received an award by checking the list at: http://hhsawebdocs.tchhsa.org/questys.cmx.hhsawebdocs/File.ashx?id=3255&v=1&x=pdf