Food Permit

           The Center for Disease Control estimates 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year in the United States.  Adams County is home to more than 120 permanent Food Establishments from Espresso stands to Convenience stores to Full-service Restaurants and hosts in excess of 200 Temporary Food events each year.

           Adams County Health Department believes that foodborne diseases will be minimized by adhering to Washington Administrative Code standards based on the Food and Drug Administration Food Code.  We perform risk based inspections on food establishments with the goal of eliminating food borne illness by emphasizing the basics of food safety, handwashing, temperature control and training in food establishments.
             Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-215-01115) defines a "TEMPORARY FOOD ESTABLISHMENT" as a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT:
1.  Operating at a fixed location, with a fixed menu, for not more than twenty-one consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration, such as a fair or festival; or
2.  Operating not more than three days a week at a fixed location, with a fixed menu, in conjunction withan APPROVED, recurring, organized event, such as a Farmers Market.

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Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-215-01115) defines a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT as an operation that:
         1. Stores, prepares, PACKAGES, serves, and vends FOOD directly to the CONSUMER, or otherwise provides FOOD for human consumption such as a restaurant; satellite or catered feeding location;
         2. CATERING OPERATION if the operation provides FOOD directly to a CONSUMER; or to a conveyance used to transport people; institution; or FOOD bank; and
         3. Relinquishes possession of FOOD to a CONSUMER directly, or indirectly through a delivery service such as home delivery or grocery orders or restaurant takeout orders, or delivery service that is provided by common carriers.
                FOOD ESTABLISHMENT includes:
         1. An element of the operation such as a transportation vehicle or a central preparation facility that supplies a vending location or satellite feeding location unless the vending or feeding location is PERMITTED by the REGULATORY AUTHORITY; and
         2. An operation that is conducted in a mobile, stationary, temporary, or permanent facility or location; where consumption is on or off the PREMISES; and regardless of whether there is a charge for the FOOD.