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Southwest is keeping the kitchens clean
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:57 PM

Four schools in the Southwest Local School District have been named to the Clean Kitchen award category for the second half of 2012 by the Hamilton County Public Health Department.

Crosby Elementary, New Haven Road; Harrison High School, West Road; Miamitown Elementary, Ohio 128, and Whitewater Valley Elementary, Campbell Road, have cut the mustard for exemplary achievement in “maintaining clean, well-cared-for and ultimately, safe environments for serving food,” said Hamilton County Public Health Assistant Commissioner Greg Kesterman.

The Hamilton County Public Health “Clean Kitchen Award” recognizes the best-of-the-best in maintaining safe food service operations, he said.

“Since we began issuing the award in 2011, it has really become popular with the county’s food service operations, and we are seeing applications increase nearly every month,” said Kesterman.

Requirements for receiving a Clean Kitchen Award are stringent. Facilities must have fewer than three violations in the previous two years before applying; no “critical” or repeat violations in the previous two years; maintain at least two staff members with Level I Food Handler certification or at least one staff member with a current ServSafe certificate; submit applications along with corresponding documentation; and maintain a minimum two years of inspection data on file with Hamilton County Public Health, said Kesterman.

“The award is a real honor for our operators. It’s not easy to receive one of these awards, and our winners are diligent in maintaining sanitary operations,” he said.

All four schools posted no critical or non-critical violations.