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Public Health
Food Safety Awards

2016 Award Recipients


The Kent County Health Department’s Food Safety Award is to recognize food service establishments that have exhibited a high degree of safe food handling practices and sanitation.  Those facilities awarded have maintained outstanding food safety practices throughout the licensing year. This excellence in food safety helps safeguard the public from the risk of foodborne illness.

Establishment Classifications Food service establishments are grouped into three classifications based upon the complexity of the food preparation within the facility.

  1. Class X establishments have very limited food service such as a snack bar or a coffee shop with no sandwiches.
  2. Class Y establishments conduct “cook and serve” food service such as fast food facilities, cafeterias, sandwich shops, and bars that offer food.
  3. Class Z establishments conduct complex food preparation methods that typically involve a cook, cool down and reheating of the food.  These types are often sit down full service establishments.

Award Criteria

In order for the listed classes of food service establishments to qualify for an award, they must meet the following criteria:
  1. Facility was in operation during year of review.
  2. Facility must have a certified food safety manager, if required, for year of review.
  3. There are no repeat violations for the two routine inspections conducted during the year of review.
  4. No confirmed violations of Michigan Smoke Free Law.
  5. No enforcement action taken against facility for year of review.
  6. No confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks linked to facility for year of review.
  7. No complaints which are confirmed by inspection and determined to be a public health risk.
  8. Cannot exceed the total violation counts in the following chart for year of review:




Class X




Class Y




Class Z




2014 Award Recipients

2013 Award Recipients

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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Mark Hall, MD, MPH
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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