Does your restaurant do what it takes to achieve Excellence in Food Safety? 

The Excellence in Food Safety Awards program was created to recognize food establishments that go above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to long-term food safety. Show the Washoe County community that your restaurant values food safety! 


How It Works

The Excellence in Food Safety Awards program is a program operating between each routine inspection conducted at the food establishment. Food facilities that meet the program criteria will be awarded acknowledgment on their displayed Placard by the Environmental Health Specialist. 

What You Win

Qualifying facilities will receive:

  • an Excellence in Food Safety Certificate of Recognition
  • a digital logo for your facility's webpage's and social media
Additionally, award recipients will receive a special display on the Washoe Eats App and will be featured in awards program promotional materials and the quarterly Food Safety Newsletter .

How To Qualify

Any facility in Washoe County that meets the eligible criteria as listed below may be eligible and there is no limit to the number of food establishments that can receive this award. 

Mandatory Criteria (must meet all):

Qualifying establishments must:

  • Be currently open for business
  • Posses a valid health permit that has not been suspended or revoked during the application year
  • Receive three consecutive Pass (green) scores. Any conditional pass or closures will result in ESFA termination.
  • No more than ten (10) non-critical violations in any 3-year period.
  • Proof of maintaining food safety logs for temperature, cooling, HACCP, or other risk factors.
  • Maintaining a written food safety plan describing procedures, staff training, and monitoring programs (Including AMC Policy forms).


For more information, contact your establishment's routine inspector or call the EHS Front Desk by calling 775-328-2434, option 8. 



Last modified on 02/29/2024