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Food Safety

Director: Jennifer Johnson
Food Handler's Information
Food Safety, Protection Program and Education


Skagit County Health Department's Food Protection Program is responsible for inspecting and permitting retail food service establishments (FSE).  Our mission is to prevent illnesses caused by improper preparation of food through foodworker education, consumer education, disease investigation, and inspections of everything from restaurants to high school concession stands.
If the information contained here does not answer your food safety, permitting, or testing questions please feel free to contact the Food Safety Program at:

Food Permit Applications and Information

Food Handler's Cards and Training (Also known as Food Worker's Cards)

Food Handler's Manual (Pdf)
The manual is also available in foreign language editions here.

Food Notes - Newsletter (Pdf)


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Scam & eggs: False calls to SnoCo food operators threaten fines

A few months back, we received notice from a neighboring county of intimidating calls to local food service operators (see below). Yesterday a restaurant operator in Skagit County reported a similar call from "food inspectors investigating an illness". We believe this may be a similar scam. Skagit County Public Health Department food safety inspectors do not request personal information; they will always be able to provide identification. We may occasionally work in conjunction with other agencies on inspections or investigations. If you have any concerns regarding persons claiming to be inspectors, please contact us immediately.

Scam & eggs: False calls to SnoCo food operators threaten fines
Caller claims to be Snohomish Health District food inspector
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - Operators of seven food establishments in Snohomish County have received threatening telephone calls from a person falsely claiming to represent Snohomish Health District, the local public health agency responsible for health and food safety inspections of 3,300 food establishments in Snohomish County. The food business operators began reporting the calls to the Health District on June 21, 2010.
One business operator reported the caller threatened to inspect and fine the business $5,000 the next day unless he provided personal information during the telephone call, according to health officials.
"That's not the way we work, and the Health District is not making those calls," said Rick Zahalka, manager of the Health District's food program. "Our food safety inspectors are serious and thorough, but they aren't asking for personal information nor do they announce their visits."

Fraudulent telephone calls need to be reported to the Federal Trade Commission
FTC toll-free helpline: 1.877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1.866.653.4261