Gold Star Restaurant Award Program

To encourage restaurants to join with the Mobile County Health Department in its mission of promoting, improving and protecting the health of the residents of Mobile County, the agency is announcing the Gold Star Restaurant Award program.

The award is given in recognition of full-service restaurants that achieve excellent food safety practices and demonstrate concern for the health of their patrons by adhering to the following criteria:

  • Has scores of 90 or above with no critical (4- or 5-point) items for two consecutive inspections.
  • Uses no trans fatty acids in the preparation and cooking of food items.
  • Is a tobacco-free restaurant.
  • Offers the caloric content of food items on menus or on register receipts.
  • Has had no alcohol beverage citation within the previous 12 months.

The award will consist of a certificate of excellence that can be posted at the restaurant. A gold star will also be attached to the restaurant’s inspection report, which is required to be on public display. Names of restaurants that receive the award will be designated with a star when their inspection scores are published in the Mobile Press-Register. Forfeiture of the award will occur should any subsequent inspection reveal violation of any of the criteria. The award will be restored if all criteria have been met for the next two regularly scheduled inspections.

Restaurant owners or managers who feel that their establishments meet the criteria may call (251) 690-8116 to request an inspection.

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