Our Role in Safe Take-Out Dining

Under the current Health Order, restaurants may remain open for drive-through, delivery, and pick-up. Our Food Program also has a role to play in working with food service establishments so that they comply with the health order.

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Events, eating out, and retail: what’s allowed and what’s not

The Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued an order intended to curtail the amount of face-to-interaction in the community that can potentially spread the virus. We explain what is now prohibited and what is still allowed (if steps to minimize the risk are taken.)

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Multiple cases of E. coli potentially associated with King County Evergreens restaurants

Update (December 16, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases in the E. coli outbreak potentially linked to meals at King County Evergreens restaurants during November 5-11, 2019. This outbreak appears to be over. For more information, view the foodborne illness disclosure for this outbreak. Update (December 6, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases linked to this outbreak. […]

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Local cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce outbreak

Two King County siblings, both under age 5, have been diagnosed with E. coli 0157:H7 infections that genetically match the ongoing national outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.  One child was hospitalized and has since been discharged. Both children have recovered and neither child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can result […]

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Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of ratings by zip code. This new system has raised questions among some […]

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Two heads are better than one: One step closer to restaurant grading

Three health inspectors walk into a bar. You might expect that they order three different drinks and hilarious antics ensue, but what really happens is that three slightly different inspection reports are filed. It’s no joke – in fields that rely on decentralized decisions and discretionary authority, consistency from one professional to another is a […]

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