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Food Safety Program

Spokane Regional Health District’s Food Safety Program protects public health by working with the food service industry and our community to prevent foodborne illness. In addition to food worker education and food establishment inspections, the Food Safety Program provides many other services, including investigation of complaints and illnesses associated with food establishments, plan review/pre-occupancy inspections of new or remodeled food establishments, and food safety consultations for permitted establishments. We also partner with community and food service representatives on our Food Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to our program.

Customers of food or beverage establishments who have a complaint or concern can call 324-1560 x2 or click on "Contact Us."

The Food Safety Program is staffed by nine environmental health specialists and a technical advisor, in addition to clerical and management support. We permit over 2300 permanent retail food establishments and nearly 200 temporary food establishments each year. We also issue nearly 15,000 food service worker permits annually. 


food worker permits Food Worker Cards
Learn how to obtain a Food Service Worker’s Permit. Take the class online in English or Spanish, or link to study guides in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Get information for taking the class and test at Spokane Regional Health District.
regulations Food Establishment Regulations and Resources
Review the Washington State Food Code (Chapter 246-215 WAC) and related documents, download food safety handouts in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, and Korean, and link to other food safety websites.
new existing food establishments New and Existing Food Establishments
Get information about starting or continuing operation of a food establishment (including caterers, mobile units, and permanent establishments like restaurants and grocery stores). Learn about plan review requirements, fees, applications, ownership changes, and more. Obtain contact information for other agencies whose approval you may need.
temp food establishments Temporary Food Establishments
Learn about operating a food establishment at a temporary food event (including pancake breakfasts, spaghetti feeds, and booths at large events like Pig Out in the Park). Review requirements, handouts, applications, fees, and operational checklists.

Food Advisory Committee
The Food Advisory Committee is a cooperative effort between the Food Safety Program and the food industry. It helps in the development of educational materials and class instruction programs and gives input on health district policies, procedures, regulations and fees. 

resources Consumer Resources & Food Recalls
Access consumer food safety websites and learn about other agencies
involved in food safety.
inspection report image Food Establishment Inspections
View Spokane County restaurant and food establishment inspection reports.



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August 21, 2017