Different agencies are responsible for different types of food safety inspections. Here is a summary of the work done by each of the food inspection partner agencies in Washington State.
Retail food establishment inspection - Local Health Departments
Retail establishments are those that sell food directly to the consumer. Whatcom County Health Department and other local health agencies are responsible for inspecting:
Retail grocery stores
Taverns and brew pubs
Temporary vendors at fairs, festivals, farmers markets, and fundraisers.
Wholesale processors preparing foods that are sold inside Washington State
Except most meat products - see US Department of Agriculture
Wholesale food processors distributing interstate and internationally - US Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
FDA inspects wholesale facilities that process food for sale outside of Washington State. FDA partners with WSDA to inspect some processing facilities.
Wholesale meat processing - US Department of Agriculture (USDA):
USDA is responsible for inspecting wholesale facilities that process most meat products. Foods containing beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, or goat are under USDA jurisdiction.