The CDC estimates 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year in the United States. Surveillance systems and surveys provide vital information but they do not capture every illness due to the small fraction of illnesses that are diagnosed and reported.
Island County Public Health's Food Safety Program works to ensure the provision of the safe food served in food establishments within the county. Our mission is to protect and promote the health and well-being of Island County's residents and visitors. We accomplish this with professionalism, integrity and fairness through education and regulations in food safety, disease prevention, environmental sanitation and emergency response.
In addition to permitting and performing routine inspections of retail food establishments, our food safety staff prevent food-borne illness by:
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A Food Establishment is an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, and vends food directly or indirectly through a delivery service to the consumer or otherwise provides food for human consumption. This includes but not limited to: restaurants, catering operations, satellite or catered feeding locations, commissary kitchens, food-carts and/or mobile-units.
For information on manufacturing, wholesaling, or for the cottage food industry licenses, please visit the Washington State Department of Agriculture website:https://agr.wa.gov/departments/food-safety/food-safety.
Prior to opening a new food establishment or making changes to an existing food establishment in Island County, the Washington Administrative Code 246-215 requires plans to be reviewed and approved by Island County Public Health. This review process will help ensure your plans and equipment meet state and local health requirements. Failure to undergo plan review process prior to changes may delay or halt construction and/or can result in the closure of your food establishment.
A temporary food establishment is a food establishment operating at a fixed location, with a fixed menu, for not more than twenty-one consecutive days or not more than three days a week in conjunction with an approved single (i.e. fair or festival) or reoccurring (i.e. farmers market) event, respectively.
Food Safety Information & Other Resources
For general food information, please call the ICPH Food Safety Program at
(360)678-8276 or visit our office at: 1 NE Sixth Street, Coupeville, WA 98239.