Each year, 1 in 6 Americans become sick from contaminated foods or beverages, often from food that is prepared in an unsafe manner. Foodborne illness (sometimes called food poisoning) is commonly caused by disease-causing microbes that contaminate foods. Poisonous chemicals or other harmful substances can also cause foodborne illness if they are present in food.
Reporting a foodborne illness
To report a suspected foodborne illness or file a complaint about unsafe food handling practices at a restaurant, call (360) 397-8083 or use our online form.
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More Americans are choosing to shop locally and take advantage of farm fresh products. This is a positive trend toward eating more healthfully. However, buying unpasteurized or “raw” milk should not be confused with consuming healthier foods. In fact, raw milk and raw milk products can pose considerable risks and can cause severe illness, even death. Children are especially vulnerable. Any perceived health benefits from drinking raw milk are far outweighed by the risks.
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Selling raw milk
Although it is legal to sell raw milk in Clark County, vendors wishing to sell raw milk at farmers markets are required to post signage that contains the following language:
"WARNING: Raw milk or foods prepared from raw milk may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria capable of causing severe illness. Contact your local health agency for advice or to report a suspected illness."