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Association of Food and Drug Officials
July 18, 2014
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FLORIDA DIVISION OF HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS RECEIVES THE ASSOCIATION OF FOOD & DRUG OFFICIALS (AFDO) ELLIOT O. GROSVENOR FOOD SAFETY AWARD
International Honor for Exemplary Success and Leadership in Food Safety
Denver, Colorado – July 16, 2014 – The Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants was awarded the Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award at the 118th AFDO Annual Educational Conference on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Ms. Diann S. Worzalla, REHS, MPA, Director, accepted the award on behalf of the division.
The Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award is given to recognize outstanding achievements made by food safety programs within State Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resource Agencies, Public Health Departments or Environmental Conservation Departments in the United States or Canada. The award will go to the program that best showcases improvement, innovation or sustained high performance within a food safety program. A food safety program could include responsibility for: food safety, food protection, and food defense or food sanitation. The applications will be made to the AFDO awards committee by the deadline.
In 1997, Florida implemented a statewide foodborne illness investigation and annual reporting program, which revealed a critical need for the Division of Hotels and Restaurants to improve quality control and public safeguards for the state’s citizens and millions of annual visitors who eat in restaurants. Subsequently, the division incorporated a series of aggressive science-based policies and effective compliance strategies to protect the public health and safety. Since 1997, the number of foodborne illness outbreaks in Florida’s restaurants decreased by 84 percent. The successful implementation of the long-term improvement program contributed to the Food and Drug Administration’s recognition of the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants as a national leader in food safety.
Diann S. Worzalla, REHS, MPA, Director
Florida DBPR - Division of Hotels and Restaurants
About Association of Food and Drug Officials
The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules, and regulations. AFDO and its six Regional Affiliates provide the mechanism and the forum where regional, national and international issues are deliberated and resolved to uniformly provide the best public health and consumer protection in the most expeditious and cost effective manner.