Local eateries awarded for food safety
visalia – Restaurants and food facilities in every community in Tulare County were recognized last week for their excellence in food safety by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.
At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Supervisors applauded those food serving entities with the highest food inspection ratings in 2016. Tulare County Environmental Health (TCEH) is recognizing 369 retail food facilities for 2016 as part of its annual Excellence in Food Safety Awards. The list also included school cafeterias and central kitchens, grocery stores, coffee shops and convenience stores. Residents can access the list of those top-performing restaurants at bosagendas.co.tulare.ca.us/114050/114051/114164/114215/02.07.2017.HHSA114215.pdf. Among the eateries from Exeter were: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, Exeter Unified School District Central Kitchen, Burger King, East Meet West, Exeter Donut, Exeter Meats, Jack’s TriMart, Just Sprouted, Kirkman’s VIP Pizza, R-N Market, Save Mart, Taco Bell and TCBY.
Eateries from Farmersville included all three elementary schools, Subway and Taco Bell. Among the eateries in Lindsay were: A-1 Food & Gas Mart, City Food Mart, Day and Nite Market, Lindsay Donuts, Lindsay High School, Rite Aid, Save Mart, AM/PM and Taco Bell. Eateries in Woodlake were: Woodlake Unified School District Central Kitchen, Castle Rock School, Woodlake High School, TU Casa Market and General Food Store.
In Strathmore, all four schools and The Orange Works were recognized. In Three Rivers, A-1 Totem Market & Gifts, Comfort Inn & Suites, Santa Teresita Youth Center and Sierra Subs and Salads were recognized. In Lemon Cove, Sequoia Union Elementary was recognized. In Plainview, Family Market and Valley Fuel/Plainview Market were listed.
Retailers who receive an award earn a certificate to display at their facility. TCEH implemented the awards program in March of 2010 to recognize restaurants that have consistent safe food handling practices and achieve a score of 95% or above on three consecutive routine inspections. The award places a spotlight on those restaurants that demonstrate outstanding performance in, and an exceptional commitment to, safe food handling.