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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Food Protection Program

New Food Safety Rating System Coming in January 2017!
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Environmental Health Division
401 - 5th Avenue, Suite 1100 [MAP]
Seattle, Washington 98104

Public Health - Seattle & King County's Food Protection Program aims to promote healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments.

In Seattle and King County, there are about 11,000 "permitted" permanent food establishments, including restaurants, food and espresso carts, coffee shops, delis and the fresh food sections of grocery stores. Each of these establishments has owners, managers and employees who have passed a test on handling food safely and received a food worker card. In addition, Health and Environmental Investigators inspect establishments several times each year and, if requested, offer an educational session for staff.

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Questions about the Food Protection Program

Learn about Public Health's Food Protection Program, inspection of food establishments, safe food handling, and much more.

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Inspection reporting system

Learn about Public Health's Restaurant Inspection Reporting System, search the inspection records of King County food establishments, learn about safe food handling practices as well as when and why Public Health closes food establishment.

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Food worker permit and class schedule

Find out how to obtain a Food Worker's Permit and where to go for training testing. The online study guide is available in English, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

eating utensils How to start a food business in King County

Information and local contacts for starting and maintaining a food business including catering, mobile food carts, food worker's card, meat wrapper's permit process, food service establishment plan guide and fee table, applications for permanent and temporary food service, and more.

Washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds to kill germs Food Safety streaming videos

New videos you can watch from your computer on no-bare-contact and "Food Safety Basics for Working Healthy" to help prepare you for passing the exam to get your Food Worker Card.

What not to do:  Barehand contact with ready-to-eat food Food safety fact sheets

Explanations of common food borne diseases as well as information and fact sheets on what you can do to protect yourself and your family at home.

Sell by date on product:  Learn how the dates are set and what they mean to you
Myths and misunderstandings about food safety

Did you know that bad smell, bad taste and slime are signs that the food has lost its quality, but not that it has the germs to cause foodborne illness? Learn more about common myths about food safety.

Provide input on how we rate and report restaurant inspection results and access past meeting notes

We will soon implement a rating system for how well restaurants perform on their food safety inspections. Restaurants in King County will have a window sign near the entrance of their business with the restaurant rating. Take the survey to give input on the window sign designs.

Take the survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, Amharic and Korean.


The King County Board of Health has adopted the new Washington State Food Rule, Chapter 246-215 WAC.

Please read how the rule affects all King County food establishments (available in multiple languages.)

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