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39 Whatcom restaurants receive food safety awards

Holly Bevan-Bumford, owner of Good To Go, makes meat pies in the kitchen of her location at 128 Main St., Everson, while staff member Brianna Day stacks pastry dough on Feb. 29, 2012. Good to Go Meat Pies was one of 39 local restaurants to receive a 2014 Silver Platter Award for food safety from the Whatcom County Health Department.
Holly Bevan-Bumford, owner of Good To Go, makes meat pies in the kitchen of her location at 128 Main St., Everson, while staff member Brianna Day stacks pastry dough on Feb. 29, 2012. Good to Go Meat Pies was one of 39 local restaurants to receive a 2014 Silver Platter Award for food safety from the Whatcom County Health Department. The Bellingham Herald

The Whatcom County Health Department has recognized 39 local eateries for excellence in safe food handling with its 2014 Silver Platter Awards.

Only about 3.4 percent of restaurants licensed in 2014 met the criteria for the award, which is given to establishments that demonstrate commitments to food safety. Restaurants must comply with Washington State Retail Food Code and receive excellent scores on food safety inspections throughout the year to be considered for the award.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in six people are affected by food-borne illnesses in the country each year.

The following Whatcom County establishments are recipients of 2014 Silver Platter Awards:

Abbey Garden Tea Room

Border Brew Espresso

Caffe Adagio

Camp Firwood Dining Hall

Cicchitti’s Slices to Fly (food truck)

The Cocoanut Grove

Coffee Junction

Cruisin Coffee, Kok Road and Lakeway Drive locations

Deli’cious Mischief (food truck)

Diego’s Mexican Grill (food truck)

Fiamma Burger

Goat Mountain Pizza Co. (food truck)

Good to Go Meat Pies, Everson

Great Harvest Bread

Haggen Deli locations at Barkley, Ferndale and Sehome

Sehome Haggen Catering

Halibut Henry’s

JT’s Smokin’ BBQ (food truck)

Leaf & Ladle

Masters Blend Cafe

McDonald’s at Bellis Fair

Meadow Greens

Morrie’s Drive-In

Mountainman Espresso & Deli

Nooksack Indian Youth Program

Portal Way Station

7-Eleven, Lakeway Drive

Subway, Lakeway Drive and Sunset Drive locations

Taco Bell, Stuart Road

Taco Time, Byron Avenue

Target Cafe

Two Sisters Coffee

Whatcom Community College Cafeteria

Westside Pizza, Cordata Parkway

Western Washington University BT Station & Market

Awards may be posted in each of the establishments. People with questions about the Silver Platter Award can call the Whatcom County Health Department’s Food Safety Program at 360-676-6727.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com

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