By Roger Ball
The way Maricopa County implements food safety in restaurants has received a national award.
The National Association of Counties has recognized the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department for its Enforcement Intervention System. The program assists managers of restaurants and other food establishments in developing and applying food safety systems.
NACo says the new system has reduced the occurrence of serious violations resulting in safer food for customers.
“Our policy changes and Active Managerial Control educational initiatives have improved compliance and reduced the number of enforcement actions in food establishments by an impressive 41percent,” said Andrew Linton, MCESD Interim Department Director. “Our staff and the community have worked to develop, promote, and carry out these initiatives and that is what have made this program a success,” he emphasized.
MCESD encourages all county food-related establishments take the opportunity to partner with Maricopa County’s “Cutting Edge” program in implementing a proactive approach to reducing foodborne illness risk factors.
In addition to food establishments, Environmental Services also monitors drinking water, mosquitoes and other pests, storm water, public pools and solid waste.