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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Date: November 9, 2012


WHAT: Presentation of the prestigious annual Governor's Retail Food Safety Awards. The Governor's Award recognizes excellence in retail food safety. The goal of this program is to recognize food establishments for conscientious and committed effort on an ongoing basis to reduce the risk factors that may cause foodborne illness and provide a safe product to consumers. In its tenth year, the awards now include a new area of consideration to highlight the efforts of food establishments that provide healthy and low calorie full meal options.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) works to ensure food safety through inspections, regulation and investigating consumer complaints. DPH's Community Environmental Health Services inspects approximately 3,800 food service establishments a year. And, the Office of Food Protection implemented a centralized complaint system 18 months ago as a way to better process, triage and track complaints on food establishments.

WHO: Lt. Governor Matt Denn Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Delaware Division of Public Health
Delaware Restaurant Association
WHEN: November 14, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tatnall Building
Room 113
150 William Penn St.
Dover, DE 19971
SPEAKERS (ALL CONFIRMED): The Honorable Matt Denn, Lieutenant Governor
DHSS Secretary, Rita Landgraf
DPH Director Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS
Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary, Edwin Kee
Delaware Restaurant Association President, Carrie Leishman
FDA, Philadelphia District Investigation Branch Director, Karyn Campbell
DPH Office of Food Protection, Program Manager, Ralph Matthews

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.