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:
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Abbey Garden Tea Room
Border Brew Espresso
Camp Firwood Dining Hall
Cicchitti’s Slices to Fly (food truck)
The Cocoanut Grove
Cruisin Coffee, Kok Road and Lakeway Drive locations
Deli’cious Mischief (food truck)
Diego’s Mexican Grill (food truck)
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
JT’s Smokin’ BBQ (food truck)
Leaf & Ladle
Masters Blend Cafe
McDonald’s at Bellis Fair
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
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 email@example.com