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More than 3,000 Orange County food establishments receive Awards of Excellence

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has issued the 2019 Award of Excellence to 3,239 Orange County food facilities to recognize local businesses for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2018.

“Orange County’s restaurants bring a diverse and special experience to our quality of life,” said Chairwoman Lisa A. Bartlett, 5th District, of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “We are fortunate to have such great culinary options throughout the county, and I am proud these establishments are being recognized for their health and safety efforts.”

This annual recognition was created to provide an incentive for retail food businesses that consistently meet or exceed health and safety standards for food facility operations. In 1999, the first year of the program, 584 food establishments received the recognition. With increased outreach and improved compliance with food safety laws, the number of recipients has grown significantly since its inception.

Included in the Award of Excellence program are food facilities such as restaurants, catering establishments, meat/seafood markets, retail bakeries, supermarkets, supermarket/bakery combinations, and public and private schools with food production service. A complete list of all recipients and award criteria is available online at www.ocfoodinfo.com/foodaward.htm.

HCA’s Food Protection Program focuses on the inspection of retail food facilities in order to promote the safe and sanitary preparation and service of foods, prevent foodborne illness, and protect consumers from adulterated food products. For more information, visit www.ocfoodinfo.com.

This article was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Editor’s Note: Local honorees include the following establishments:

BBQ Chicken, 4065 Ball Rd., Cypress
Bruster’s Ice Cream, 9963 Walker St., Cypress
Burger Boss, 9571 Valley View St., Cypress
Subs & Grub, 5921 Cerritos Ave., Cypress
Fortune Cookies Restaurant, 11151 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos
Mama’s Comfort Food & Cocktails, 11122 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos
Nevin’s Donuts, 11192 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos
Pacific Organic Pops, 11110 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Alamitos
Simm’s Kansas City BBQ, 10525 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos
Subs & Grub, 10670 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos
Thailusian Cuisine, 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 131, Los Alamitos
Donut City, 1210 Pacific Coast Hwy., Seal Beach
Sweet Jill’s, 123 Main St., Seal Beach
Taco Surf, 115 Main St., Seal Beach

For a complete list, visit http://www.ocfoodinfo.com/retail/award.