Local restaurants awarded for food safety

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Whatcom County Health Department recently announced the recipients of the 2009 Silver Platter Award, which recognizes excellence in safe food handling.

Only about 5 percent of the dining establishments inspected in 2009 met the stringent criteria established by the health department for the Silver Platter Award. To receive an award, establishments must comply with the state’s retail food code and consistently achieve excellent scores during food safety inspections conducted throughout the year.

“Once again, we want to acknowledge the efforts of operators who demonstrate a commitment to food safety in their restaurants,” said Regina Delahunt, public health director. “We are pleased that so many operators have performed so well during routine inspections.”

The Washington State Department of Health estimates that there may be as many as 1.5 million acute food-borne illnesses in Washington each year making food safety an important issue.

The 2009 Silver Platter Award recipients are:

•    Acme Café
•    Arby’s Restaurant on Samish Way
•    Barnes and Noble Booksellers
•    Bay Café in Birch Bay
•    Beaver Inn
•    Bellingham Senior Center
•    Camp Black Mountain
•    Camp Firwood
•    Camp Horizon
•    Cancun Mexican Restaurant
•    Chubby’s Diner
•    Ciao Thyme
•    Cost Cutter’s in Blaine – Deli
•    Cost Cutter in Ferndale – Deli
•    Cost Cutter on Sunset Drive – Deli
•    Costco Wholesale #19 – Pizza / Food Court
•    Curry House
•    Diablo Dining Hall – Cookhouse
•    Eagle’s Roost – Point Roberts Golf Club
•    El Rinconcito 2
•    Enjoy Sushi & Teriyaki
•    Fiamma Burger
•    Gigi’s Café & Pastries
•    Grace Café
•    Haggen on Meridian Street – Deli
•    Il Caffe Rifugio
•    India Grill Restaurant
•    Jack in the Box in Birch Bay
•    Jack in the Box on Sunset Drive
•    K-Mart – Snack Bar
•    La Fiamma – Commissary
•    Little Caesar’s in Ferndale
•    Little Caesar’s on Lakeway Drive
•    Main Street Bar & Grill
•    Mallard Ice Cream
•    McDonald’s in Ferndale
•    McDonalds on Samish Way
•    McDonalds on Telegraph Road
•    Muddy Waters, Inc
•    Mugshots
•    Oyiso
•    Papa Murphy’s in Ferndale
•    Papa Murphy’s on James Street
•    Peace Arch BBQ
•    Pioneer Catering – NVHS
•    Pizzazza
•    Rhodes Café
•    Robek’s Fruit Smoothie
•    Robek’s Fruit Smoothie & Healthy Eats
•    Rustic Coffee Bar
•    Seven Loaves Pizzeria
•    Sudden Valley Coffee Shop
•    Taco Bell on Sunset Drive
•    Taco Lobo
•    Torre Caffe
•    Whatcom Community College – Cafeteria
•    Web Locker

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