Food Protection Program
Promoting healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments.
In Seattle and King County, there are about 12,500 "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.
Announcements for food business operators
This July, we're modifying the Food Safety Rating System to remove the zip code ratings adjustment. Read more in our Food Safety Rating System flyer (PDF). The flyer and a letter to food business operators (PDF) were mailed to all permitted food establishments in King County.
The flyer lists the grade breaks for Risk 3 establishments. For Risk 1 and 2 establishments, the grade breaks are:
- Excellent: 0.00 to 0.00
- Good: 0.01 to 5.00
- Okay: 5.01 and above
Learn more about key changes to the Washington State Food Code that took effect March 1, 2022.
Our next stakeholder meeting will take place December 13, 2023. Check this website closer to the meeting date for registration information.
Read news about the enforcement of food code updates delayed until Sept. 1, 2022 and other useful resources for food business operators.