‘Don’t stuff that turkey’ and other Thanksgiving food safety tips

Sure, Thanksgiving is a joyful time spent with family and friends, but if you’re like me and you’re cooking two turkeys, eight side dishes, three desserts and an entire appetizer spread, it can be stressful too. Plus, now that I work in public health, my guests expect that the food I prepare will not make […]

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The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

  In the last few weeks we have seen a spike in illness associated with consumption of raw oysters, and as the summer heats up, we anticipate more. We sat down with Jenny Lloyd, one of the epidemiologists investigating these illnesses, to learn more about what’s making people sick. Why do raw oysters make people […]

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Phthalates in my mac & cheese?

You may have seen the recent news reports in the New York Times about the presence of plasticizer chemicals, known as phthalates, in boxed macaroni and cheese products.  Whipped up in minutes, boxed mac and cheese is a staple for many parents. If you’re a parent now pondering the piles of mac and cheese your […]

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Looking for restaurant ratings online? We have a new search tool!

  Full inspection histories of all King County restaurants have been available online since 2001. For the past 16 years, inspection results could be searched on a website that, we admit, was starting to show its age. That’s why we partnered with King County Information Technology (KCIT) to create a restaurant inspection search tool to […]

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Finding my way into restaurant kitchens: a Food Inspector Story

For National Public Health Week (April 3-7th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. To kick off the week we spoke with one of […]

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