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PHD To Award Restaurant Gold Stars

Starting this month, a certificate with a bright gold star will help diners in the five northern counties recognize food establishments for excellence in food safety.  The recognized establishments have met all the state’s standards of excellence for health and safety during their last regular inspection. Panhandle Health District’s (PHD) food safety program created the Food Safety Award of Excellence for those establishments that finish their annual health and safety inspection with no violations. “They can post these certificates where their customers can see them,” said Kristina Keating, coordinator of PHD’s food program. “We can’t wait for the public to notice.” This award’s two goals are to recognize the hard work establishments do every day to deliver safe and healthy food and to encourage all establishments to strive for excellence/Cynthia Taggart, Panhandle Health District. More here.

Question; Which North Idaho restaurant deserves the biggest gold star for excellence in food safety?

PHD Lifts Advisory For Fernan Lake

Dick Martindale of the Panhandle Health District sends this news release: “A health advisory was issued on July 11th for Fernan Lake by the Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality due to the presence of high concentrations of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Officials from Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have been monitoring the lake since the advisory was issued and they now confirm the concentration of the blue-green algae in Fernan Lake is no longer a concern for the presence of harmful toxins produced by the algae.  Therefore the health advisory has been lifted, and Fernan Lake is safe again for fishing, swimming, and domestic water  supply using the appropriate water treatment technology.”

High Noon: Food Inspection Hit List

It’s been a little while since we took a stroll together down Foodborne Illness Lane, but it’s so pretty this time of year so let’s have a go at it, shall we? Panhandle Health District is kind enough to provide us with a website, which is updated regularly with information about how many health code violations our area’s restaurants and eateries have managed to rack up in the last three years/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

  • 5 violations: Breakfast Nook, Cd’A; Buttonhook Inn, Bayview; CJ’s Cafe, Kellogg; La Cabana, Post Falls; Lucky Seven Pizza, Stateline; Nosworthy’s, Cd’A; Pizza Factory, Post Falls; Sands Cafe, Smelterville; Sherman Junction, Cd’A; Subway, Rathdrum, Cd’A; Taco Works (Mobile), Cd’A; and The Mill, Cd’A

Question: Have you ever suffered food poisoning as a result of eating at a local restaurant?

Probably Swine Flu Case In K-County

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KJRB and PHD’s Taggart re: local swine flu case

A Kootenai County woman in her 60s who recently traveled to Texas has become the first probable case of H1NI (swine) flu sent by the Idaho State Laboratory to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The woman is recovering and did not require hospitalization, according to the Panhandle Health District. “This is a strong reminder to everyone of the importance of practicing respiratory etiquette and good hygiene to protect themselves and others,” said Lora Whalen, director of Family and Community Health for the Panhandle Health District/Huckleberries Online. PHD news release here.

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