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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell

Date: August 19, 2011


Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in Food Safety from Delaware's food service workers across all segments of the field. DPH wants to recognize food professionals in hospitality, industry, educational institutions and government agencies. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 7. For the nomination form, go to

Delaware's food service industry employs a workforce of more than 40,000 people and is the largest component of the state's tourism industry. "As the number one small business employer and the fourth largest employer overall, Delaware's restaurant industry creates an economic impact of over $1.3 billion," said Gov. Jack Markell. "We want to recognize food professionals providing us with the highest standards and most outstanding service."

Award winners will be recognized by Governor Jack Markell at the Retail Food Safety Expo 2011 on Sept. 30 at Iron Hill Brewery. The Governor's Award has been presented to the "best of the best" in retail food safety for the past nine years.

For more information, please call DPH's Office of Food Protection at 302-744-4743.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.