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Clay County Public Health Center is proud to announce the recipients of the Food & Pool Safety Excellence awards for outstanding efforts in 2019.
“We are grateful for the hard work these establishments put in last year to not only meet but exceed the health department’s high standards of safety,” said Robert Gilliland, section chief of Environmental Health Protection. “We appreciate their partnership with us to protect the public from foodborne illnesses, waterborne illnesses and other hazards.”
Food Safety Excellence
This award recognizes establishments that continue to successfully follow the Clay County Food Code, exhibit outstanding food safety and sanitation practices and achieve exceptional inspection results during the calendar year.
This year’s winners represent the top nine percent of establishments overseen by Clay County Public Health Center. In order to qualify for the award, they must meet multiple criteria such as having been open and operating for the full year with no repeated violations, no follow-up inspections needed and no confirmed cases of foodborne illnesses.
In 2019, the Environmental Health Protection section of Clay County Public Health Center conducted 1,390 routine food establishment inspections, 233 temporary food event inspections and investigated 125 food-related complaints.
Pool Safety Excellence
This award recognizes facilities that continue to successfully follow the Clay County Rules and Regulations for Pools/Spas, exhibiting pool quality and safety practices and achieving exceptional inspection results during the calendar year. In order to qualify for the award, multiple criteria must be met, such as having been open and operating the full year with no repeated violations, no follow-up inspections needed, no confirmed cases of waterborne illnesses, no imminent risk or safety violations, Virginia Gram Baker (VGB) compliant and pool operator/manager certification.
The facilities qualifying for the 2019 award are a variety of seasonal and yearly pools and spas and represent the top 15% of Clay County regulated recreational water facilities.
In 2019, the Environmental Health Protection section of Clay County Public Health Center conducted 435 routine recreational water inspections.