FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM

The Food Safety program helps to prevent foodborne illness in Skamania County through the following activities:

  • Inspecting, conducting plan reviews and issuing permits to retail food service establishments.
  • Restaurant & Food Facility Inspections
  • Testing/training food workers and issuing Food Worker cards.
  • Issuing temporary food service permits and inspecting food booths at fairs, festivals, and community events.
  • Investigating foodborne illness reports.
  • Providing community education on safe preparation of food.
  • See Foodsafety.gov for information on safely storing and preparing food at home, food recalls, food poisoning and more.
  • June 29, 2011 Summer Food Safety News Release
  • NEW! The Washington State Department of Health is making changes to the Retail Food Code, effective May 2013. See the brochure of major changes here.

FOOD WORKER INFORMATION

Learn how to get your food workers card by clicking here.

COMPLAINT REPORTING

Contact Community Health at (509) 427-3881 to report a foodborne illness.  Contact Environmental Health (509) 427-3900 to report unsafe food handling practices by food workers and/or unsanitary conditions at a food establishment. All complaints are investigated in a timely manner and kept confidential.  If you have additional questions please contact the Environmental Health Division at (509) 427-3900 or at permitcenter@co.skamania.wa.us.

RECALLS

REGULATIONS

Powers and Duties of State Board of Health (RCW 43.20.050) Washington State Food Service Regulations(Chapter 246-215 WAC)

SCCDD NEWS

Be wary of unauthorized online food worker training programs The only site approved for online food worker testing in Washington State is foodworkercard.wa.gov.  Two websites that do not qualify as state approved are efoodhandlers.com and wafoodhandlers.com.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 5:30pm Closed Fridays & Holidays

 Phone Number: (509) 427-3900

24-Hour Building Inspection Line: (509) 427-3922

After Hours Mental Health, Public Health, Environmental Health Crisis/ Emergency Contact Number: (509) 427-3850

CONTACT US

IMPORTANT LINKS
About Foodborne Illness
 
Bird Flu and Food Safety
 
FDA Food Security
 
State Food Regulations
 
Food Irradiation 
 
 
 
RELATED LINKS
DOH Regulations: WAC 246-215 (Food Service Establishments)
 
Food Safety Tips
 
Cryptosporidium
 
E. coli
 
Listeriosis
 
Salmonellosis (caused by Salmonella)
 
Storing Food During Power Outage
 
Fish & Shellfish Safety
 
BBQ & Picnic Food Safety
 
 
OTHER AGENCIES
STATE
Department of Agriculture
 
Department of Social & Health Services
 
WSU Cooperative Extension – Food Safety
 
FEDERAL
Food & Drug Administration
 
US Department of Agriculture
 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
 
Food and Nutrition Information Center (USDA)
 
OTHER
FDA Food Recalls & Alerts
 
National Food Safety Database
 
Fight Bac
 
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)