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Food Establishment Inspections

The Island County Food Safety Program conducts unannounced routine inspections of food establishments based on the risk category assigned to food establishments. Beginning January 1, 2023, inspection report data from inspections conducted in 2023 will be posted to the website (see map a bottom of page).

If an inspection report is unavailable or needed for an inspection prior to 2023, you may request to review a full copy of the inspection report at the food establishment or request a copy by e-mail at foodsafety@islandcountywa.gov. Food establishments must notify customers that a full copy of their report is available for review by posting a sign or placard in an area conspicuous to the public.


Understanding Report Data

These records provide a snapshot of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term compliance of an establishment. The conditions and violations documented during a food establishment inspection may have been corrected since the last date of inspection. New violations may have developed since the inspection was completed.

Inspection Types

Routine Inspection – regular unannounced inspection of a food establishment.

Re-Inspection – required unannounced inspection following a routine inspection when a food establishment has more than 50 RED points, more than 100 total points, or following a permit suspension due to an imminent health hazard closure.

Violation Types

RED High Risk Factors (#1-27) are improper practices or procedures identified as the most prevalent contributing factors of foodborne illness or injury.

BLUE Low Risk Factors (#28 – 50) are preventive measures to control the addition of pathogens, chemicals, and physical objects into foods.

Inspection Scoring

Points – Demerits are totaled based on the relative public health risk associated with a specific violation.

RED Points – The total number of demerits for out of compliance RED High Risk Factors (#1-27).

Total points - The total number of demerits for out of compliance RED High Risk Factors (#1-27) and BLUE Low Risk Factors (#28 – 50).

Imminent Health Hazards

An imminent health hazard is defined as a significant threat or danger to health that is considered to exist when there is evidence sufficient to show that a product, practice, circumstance, or event creates a situation that requires immediate correction or cessation of operation to prevent injury based on a fire, flood, extended interruption of electrical or water service, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic material, onset of an apparent foodborne disease outbreak, gross insanitary occurrence or condition, or other circumstance that might endanger public health. 

Inspection Report Search

The Food Establishment Inspection App was created to be able to view locations of Food Establishments Inspections that Island County has conducted and associated information on the inspection. The direct link to the Food Establishment Inspection App is - https://islandcountygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=82f300fd58384b83a8501ed8093f50c0

Click on any Food Establishment Point location above and the right arrow that appears in the pop-up to view all associated information associated with that Food Establishment.

Searching for a Food Establishment Inspection

There are two ways to search for locations using the Food Establishment Inspections App.

1. In the top right corner click the drop-down arrow by the search bar. 

a.       Next click on the Food Establishment Inspections option.

b. Finally begin typing in a name of a Food Establishment. When you begin typing names of Food Establishments they should begin to auto populate. Click on the location of interest and it will zoom to the location.

2. Click the Search widget in the top right corner below the search bar.

a. In the query window where the box says, "Name of Establishment is". Click the empty dropdown and select a Food Establishment Name and click Apply.

b.       This will zoom to the location and bring up all of the data associated with that Food Establishment.