Food Safety Program

The EH&S food safety program ensures UW dining facilities meet the highest standards in food safety, and protects the public from foodborne illness.

EH&S oversees food-related activities at all UW locations, including the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma through a comprehensive food safety program. This includes permanent food establishments and temporary food service events.

Permanent food establishments

We issue permits and regularly inspect all UW permanent food facilities, restaurants, stores, cafeterias, mobile food facilities, and catering services to ensure they maintain the standards of safe food handling and cleanliness set forth in the Washington State Retail Food Code.  

Temporary food service events

Temporary event organizers are responsible for ensuring their food vendors are aware of our requirements.

Please see the Temporary Food Service Permit page for more information on obtaining permits for your special events.

 

Services available

EH&S provides the following services:

  • Food safety and sanitation inspections of food establishments, including food vendors at intercollegiate athletic events
  • Temporary food service permits for public events
  • Regulatory compliance plan review, interpretation and recommendations for new and remodeled food service establishments, and pre-opening inspections
  • Food-related complaint investigation and follow-up

Food Establishment Plan Review

EH&S conducts food establishment plan reviews to ensure that the establishment meets state and federal regulations. All plans for new and remodeled food service establishments must be submitted to EH&S for review and approval. This applies to leased facilities, major equipment alterations, and mobile units, such as espresso carts.

Please also visit our Facilities Projects Support page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The EH&S public health program inspects all temporary and permanent food service establishments on UW property, including restaurants, cafeterias, food stores, coffee shops, food trucks, concessions at athletic events, and catering kitchens.

We use a risk-based inspection system to inspect one to three times per year, depending on the complexity of food preparation and history of compliance.

The standards for all food establishments in Washington are set by the Washington State Retail Food Code and we ensure all temporary and permanent food establishments on UW property comply with the law.

More Information

Contact

EH&S Public Health

(206) 543-7262