Recognizing outstanding efforts for food safety, sanitation and employee education by St. Charles County-licensed food providers, the Division of Environmental Health and Protection presents annual 24 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Awards. The division honors the following seven establishments for 2018:
- Culver’s of St. Charles, 2750 Muegge Road, St. Charles
- Culver’s of Wentzville, 1898 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville
- Hattrick’s Irish Sports Pub, 840 Bryan Road, O’Fallon
- Kiddie Academy of O’Fallon, 4088 Winghaven Boulevard, O’Fallon
- Plank Road Pizza, 5212 Highway N, Cottleville
- STL Cake Pops, 198 Tecumseh, St. Charles
- Twin Oaks Senior Living, 707 Emge Road, O’Fallon
“St. Charles County holds food safety at the highest priority,” Division of Environmental Health and Protection Director Ryan Tilley says. “With the help of our committed licensed facilities and our dedicated inspection team, we are able to maintain these high standards. Recipients of our 24 Carrot Gold Awards are the best-of-the-best when it comes to demonstrating this responsibility.”
The 24 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Awards were established in 2007. While all of the more than 1,300 licensed establishments within the county place importance on food safety to protect the customers they serve, the winning establishments exceed Food Code standards.
To be eligible for nomination, a facility must possess a valid St. Charles County Food Establishment Permit and be in good standing with the Department of Public Health. Winners cannot have critical inspection violations within the previous year or have more than six non-critical violations over the same period — a remarkable accomplishment considering that inspections occur with no advanced notice for the establishments. In addition, a food safety certification class must be completed by at least 90 percent of the facility’s managers.
Funded through the County’s revenue and license fee collections, the division’s six Environmental Public Health specialists conduct regular inspections of permanent, mobile and temporary food service establishments within St. Charles County, with the exception of those operating within the city limits of St. Peters, whose health department permits and inspects its own establishments. Inspections are based on a starting score of 100, with points deducted for various violations requiring correction.
To help customers discover establishments’ food service ratings, the department displays inspection information on its website, https://www.sccmo.org//EnvironmentalReports, and requires establishments to post their most recent inspections in a prominent location inside the facility as a part of the Food Code.