Tulsa Food Safety Program Receives High Marks

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Tulsa Health Department officials have released the results of a recent survey of Tulsa County residents and restaurant owners conducted to assess the prevailing attitudes and opinions of its food safety training, inspection, and enforcement efforts. The Tulsa Health Department conducts nearly 11,000 inspections of the 3,500 food service establishments in Tulsa County. Additionally, they provide food handler training to approximatley 30,000 local food handlers annually.

"The goal of our food safety program is to ensure food being served to the community is safe. In addition to on-site restaurant inspections, we work hard to partner with the restaurant industry by providing educational training for restaurant managers and food handlers in an effort to enhance their knowledge of how to store, prepare, and serve safe food. The survey results indicate both the general public and restaurant owners put a high value on our educational and enforcement efforts." stated Elizabeth Nutt, Consumer Protection Division Director of the Tulsa Health Department.

Highlights from the report are listed below.

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* 86% of restaurants believe the role of THD in training food service workers about safe food preparation and handling is VERY IMPORTANT (68%) or IMPORTANT(18%).

* 97% of Tulsa County residents believe the role of THD in training food service workers about safe food preparation and handling is VERY IMPORTANT (85%) or IMPORTANT (12%).

* 92% of restaurants rated their experience with THD's food safety training program as EXCELLENT (28%), VERY GOOD (36%), or GOOD (28%).

* 97% of Tulsa County residents believe the role of THD in performing on-site restaurant inspections is VERY IMPORTANT (85%) or IMPORTANT (12%).

* 96% of restaurants reported a positive experience with THD inspectors with 43% EXCELLENT, 35% VERY GOOD, and 18% GOOD.

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