The Food Safety Program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is receiving the top national award for community food protection. The department will receive the Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award at the National Association of County and City Health Officials Conference July 8 in Kansas City.
As a Crumbine Award winner, LLCHD joins an elite group of local public health agencies that have demonstrated excellence in food protection through innovative and effective strategies and approaches to protecting communities from foodborne illness.
"The residents of our community can take great pride in our efforts to protect the public's health from foodborne illness," said LLCHD Health Director Judy Halstead. "This prestigious annual award is given to only one local health department that demonstrates 'unsurpassed achievement.' It represents years of hard work and innovation by our managers, staff and many community partners. Joyce Jensen, Food Safety Program Supervisor, and Scott Holmes, Environmental Health Division Manager, deserve special recognition for their leadership."
The award is presented by the Conference for Food Protection and has been awarded since 1955, a year following the death of Dr. Crumbine, a public health pioneer. The purpose of the award is to encourage innovative programs and methods that reduce or eliminate the occurrence of foodborne illnesses, to recognize the importance of food protection at the local level and to stimulate public interest in food service sanitation.
The award jury, consisting of outstanding public health practitioners from across the country, was particularly impressed with the overall high quality of the LLCHD's Food Safety Program and its leadership in national initiatives as well as the following: