The Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award is now accepting applications for 2018. The prestigious award is given annually to local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to their communities. The purpose of the award is to encourage innovative programs and methods that reduce or eliminate the occurrence of foodborne illnesses, recognize the importance of food protection at the local level and stimulate public interest in food service sanitation. Often, winning programs offer “best practices” that may be used by others to advance their own food protection programs.
The basic criteria of an award-winning program are:
- Sustained excellence over the preceding four to six years, as documented by specific outcomes and achievements, and evidenced by continual improvements in the basic components of a comprehensive program;
- Demonstrated improvements in planning, managing and evaluating a comprehensive program;
- Innovative and effective use of program methods and problem solving to identify and reduce risk factors that are known to cause foodborne illness; and
- Providing targeted outreach; forming partnerships; and participating in forums that foster communication and information exchange among the regulators, industry and consumer representatives.
Applications are reviewed by the jury to determine whether a program meets – or exceeds – these basic criteria, then determines which is worthy of that year’s Crumbine Award.
The deadline for submission is March 15, 2018. View the 2018 award guidelines to learn how your local health department can apply. For more information about the award, please contact Amy Chang at NACCHO (202) 507-4221 or the Conference for Food Protection at (317) 696-0573.