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.
Whether dining out or buying food to go, you should expect your food to be prepared safely. The Food Safety Program helps protect you from food borne illness by testing food workers on proper food handling methods and inspecting all Clark County food establishments. If you suspect you may be experiencing a food borne illness or to file a complaint about unsafe food handling practices at a restaurant, call 564.397.8083 or use our online form.
For product recall information or tips to improve food safety at home, visit Washington Department of Health Food Safety.
The Washington State Retail Food Code is currently under revision. Keep informed of the progress on the DOH website.