Did you know that according to the National Restaurant Association, 96% of people say it is IMPORTANT to know that the restaurants they visit train employees in food safety and that 81% of people say they would be MORE likely to visit a restaurant that trains ALL of their employees in food safety?
In other words: Consumers are more likely to visit establishments that value safe food handling and procedures. Promoting the fact that you take food safety seriously can lead to increased revenue and happier customers!
As part of Food Safety Month and as a service to our operators, Union County Health Department is starting a program called the Food Safety Honor Roll*. Each September during Food Safety Month, UCHD will publish a list of food establishments who exhibit dedication and commitment to safe food handling and train their staff in food safety. The list is self-nominated and will be published on our website throughout the year as well as released to the local media. It is a great way to increase the public’s confidence in your establishment and attract more customers.
UCHD is excited to kick off the Food Safety Honor Roll for publication in September 2014. For establishments who want to begin promoting their commitment to food safety this year, check out uchd.net to let consumers know that you value food safety and pledge to train your staff in safe food handling. The Food Safety Honor Roll is all about working in cooperation with food service operators to encourage participation in food safety education and is a free way for outstanding operators to promote their businesses.
To make the honor roll fill out the Food Safety Honor Roll and submit by July 31st to be included in that year’s Food Safety Honor Roll.
*Note: The Food Safety Honor Roll is a self-nominated list that is then reviewed by UCHD. Establishments on the list may not necessarily be the safest food service establishment but are ones that have voluntarily chosen to show a dedication to food safety. Establishments missing from the list may still be dedicated to following food safety practices and procedures just have not provided UCHD with that information through the Food Safety Honor Roll Program. This program is used as an encouragement for businesses already following strict food safety practices and training schedules by rewarding them by publicly sharing their noteworthy food safety dedication status. The program is also used as an incenitive for other establishments to increase food safety training and practices in their businesses.
Please feel free to direct any Food Safety Honor Roll and Food Safety Month questions to email@example.com.