Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants receives national award for food safety achievements
July 18, 2014
~Association of Food and Drug Officials recognize division with Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award~
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's (DBPR) Division of Hotels and Restaurants was recently awarded the Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award at the 118th Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Annual Educational Conference. Diann S. Worzalla, Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, accepted the award on behalf of the division.
“The safety of Floridians and our visitors takes top priority for the employees of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “These state employees go above and beyond their assigned duties to better serve the people of Florida, and I am thrilled to see their dedication to public safety recognized. The Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award distinguishes this division as a national leader in public safety, and I look forward to the division upholding the highly recognized safety and sanitation standards of Florida.”
The Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award recognizes the outstanding achievements made by food safety programs within State Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resource Agencies, Public Health Departments or Environmental Conservation Departments in the United States or Canada. This award goes to the food safety program that best showcases improvement, innovation or sustained high performance in upholding food safety practices and procedures. The Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants is responsible for the food safety and sanitation of more than 48,000 public food service establishments throughout the state of Florida.
In 1977, the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants implemented a statewide foodborne illness investigation and annual reporting program, which revealed a critical need for improved quality control and public safeguards for Florida's citizens as well as the millions of annual visitors who eat in the state's restaurants. As a solution, the division incorporated a series of aggressive science-based policies and effective compliance strategies to protect public health and safety. Since 1997, the number of foodborne illness outbreaks in Florida's public food service establishments has decreased by 84 percent. The successful implementation of the long-term improvement program contributed to the Food and Drug Administration's recognition of the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants as a national leader in food safety.
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