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Food Protection Program

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.

Search restaurant inspection records in King County

File a complaint about a possible unsafe food handling at a food establishment

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.


식품 안전 등급 체계의 변경 사항에 대해 읽어보십시오.

Lea los cambios que hicimos en nuestro sistema de calificación de seguridad en el manejo de los alimentos.

Hãy đọc thông tin về những thay đổi trong hệ thống xếp hạng an toàn thực phẩm của chúng tôi.

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

Recently we launched a quarterly food safety newsletter. Read our September edition to learn about updates to the food safety rating system, common food safety citations, food allergies, and more! Sign up so you don’t miss future publications. The next one is planned for September.

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.

Contact us

Food Protection Program
401 - 5th Ave., Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98104

206-263-9566 or,

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