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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Local Food Establishments to Receive Food Safety Awards

The Peoria City/County Health Department will honor local establishments for their commitment to food safety at the Board of Health meeting on Monday, March 11, 2024, at the Peoria Public Library North Branch at 6:00 p.m.


“The Food Safety Excellence Awards strive to recognize establishments that go above and beyond,” said Stephanie Streight, Environmental Health Coordinator. “We look at not only food inspections, but also the business’s dedication to food safety through the ongoing development of voluntary food safety practices.”

Overall, there are 1,123 food safety licenses in Peoria County, and approximately 900 were eligible to apply for an award. For the 2023 award program, there were 10 applicants, and 5 met the criteria to be awarded either a gold or silver-level award. These recipients will be honored at the Board of Health meeting.

To receive a gold or silver award, nominees must have met all minimum award criteria, applied, and provided supporting documentation that indicated a high level of commitment to food safety. There is also a bronze-level award for those establishments that met all minimum award criteria but did not apply or provide supporting documentation of their commitment to food safety. Bronze-level awardees will be notified by mail.

“The entire Environmental Health Division at the Peoria City/County Health Department commends these establishments for participating in the 2023 award program,” said Carey Panier, Director of Environmental Health. “Establishments interested in applying for a Food Safety Excellence Award next year can apply on our website any time before December 1, 2024.”

Category I, II, and III food establishments are eligible for this award. Those not eligible for this award are: Cottage Food Vendors, Farmers Market Permittees, Temporary Food Vendors, Street and Sidewalk Vendors, and Seasonal Food Establishments open less than 6 months per year.

For more information on food safety and other important public health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at www.pcchd.org.

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