[Adopted 2-20-1975, revised 12-9-1993 (Section 2.00 of Part II of the 1991 Codification as updated through 6-1-1996)]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a program for awarding certificates of merit to food-handling establishments in the Town of Barnstable.
The certificate of merit is an award given only to restaurant businesses classified as food service establishments as defined in Article X, Minimum Standards for Food Establishments, State Sanitary Code, with seating provided for patrons. The award will not be awarded to churches, public schools, and retail food stores that may have, or subsequently obtained, a food-service permit. The award, when given to an establishment, will inform the public that the establishment has attained and maintained high sanitation standards over a period of time thereby serving as a stimulus for other members of the food industry to accomplish the same thing. The certificate is intended to be displayed prominently and publicly. The award is based upon sanitary criteria alone and does not reflect aesthetic qualities, standards of service, menu, price, or any other nonsanitary criteria.
The certificate is given only to food establishments as defined in § 322-2 above, which have maintained a high degree of sanitation (a score of 90 or above with no critical violations) for three or more regularly scheduled consecutive inspections performed on a biannual basis and covering a period of 18 months. "Regularly scheduled inspections" means routine inspections scheduled by the Department and not those performed by special request of the licensee.)
Nominees for the award shall have received a minimum sanitation rating of 90 with no critical violation as determined on the Food Establishment Inspection Report Form, in accordance with Subsection A above.
The Board of Health will consider nominations for the certificate of merit award that have been prepared by the Health Inspector at its regular bimonthly meeting.
The certificate, although awarded to a food-service establishment for maintaining a high level of sanitation, remains the property of the Town of Barnstable Health Department and may be withdrawn at any time by the Board of Health. Withdrawal shall be but is not limited to the following:
Misuse of the certificate that tends to reflect adversely upon the Board of Health of the Town of Barnstable.
A registry shall be established for the purpose of keeping a record of certificates awarded. The registry shall contain the address of the food establishment awarded the certificate, the name of the person licensed to operate the food-service establishment, the date the certificate was awarded, and the number of the certificate.
Certificates shall be numbered consecutively beginning with the number one preceded by the last two numbers of the calendar year, e.g., the number for the first certificate issued in 1994 will appear as 94-1.
Certificates may not be transferred from one owner to the other without approval of the Board of Health. In determining whether a certificate may be transferred, the Board of Health shall consider as binding any contrary recommendation introduced by the Health Inspector.
An up-to-date list of all restaurants scoring 90 or above on their last inspection will be posted on the Health Department bulletin board.