What is the best thing I can do to prevent food-borne illness at home?
Do not prepare food for others when you are sick. Wash your hands thoroughly before you begin to prepare foods or eat foods. Wet hands. Use plenty of soap. Lather for at least 20 seconds (try singing the Happy Birthday song twice). Rinse hands. Dry hands.

Avoid bare hand contact on ready-to-eat (RTE) foods. Keep food at a safe temperature.

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1. Who inspects restaurants, taverns, and grocery stores and how often are they inspected?
2. Who inspects processing plants and places that sell foods wholesale?
3. If I have a complaint about a food establishment who can I call?
4. What should I do if I think a meal I ate made me sick?
5. What is the best thing I can do to prevent food-borne illness at home?
6. Should I prepare food for others when I am ill?
7. Who needs to get a food worker card?
8. Do I need a permit to operate a restaurant, grocery store, tavern or similar facility?
9. I just bought a food establishment business, what permits do I need from the Health Department?
10. I am planning to open a restaurant or other food establishment in Whatcom County, what should I do first?
11. What permits do I need to sell food at a fair, festival, or community event?
12. I have heard the last meal I ate is what caused my foodborne illness (food poisoning), is this true?