When you’re eating out, you don’t want to worry that the food you eat will make you sick. That’s why we inspect places that serve food in Whatcom County. You can search the results of food safety inspections for any restaurant or other food service establishment that we inspect.
The Washington State Retail Food Code outlines the rules in Washington State for safely handling food that is served to the public. If a food establishment doesn’t follow these rules, it can put your health at risk. Some violations of the food code can put you at greater risk for foodborne illness (sometimes called food poisoning).
High-risk violations (red violations) are things that can contribute directly to foodborne illness. Examples include:
Low risk violations (blue violations) are items related to maintenance and sanitation. These items must be corrected but are less likely to cause illness.
Food inspectors observe and record how food is handled on a Food Establishment Inspection Report. They look for:
Inspectors record any violations of the rules that they see, and the operator receives a summary of findings and required corrective actions.
An inspection result tells you how well the establishment performed in the inspection and if it was necessary to correct food safety violations. There are four types of inspection results: