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PROPOSED 2022 FOOD SERVICE REGULATIONS ORDINANCE

The Washington State Retail Food Code (“Food Code”) (Chapter 246-215 Washington Administrative Code) is the set of state regulations that all food establishments in Washington must follow. The Food Service Regulations (Kitsap Public Health Board Ordinance 2014-01) is the local set of regulations that food establishments in Kitsap County must follow.

The Kitsap Public Health District has proposed updates to the Food Service Regulations ordinance. We invite you to ask questions or send comments about the proposed update.


DOCUMENTS

Proposed 2022 Food Service Regulations

Current (2014) Food Service Regulations

Summary and comparison of major elements between existing and proposed Food Service Regulations

SUBMITTING COMMENTS

Comments on the Proposed 2022 Food Service Regulations will be accepted through Friday, August 12, 2022. You can submit comments or questions via:

• Email: pio@kitsappublichealth.org

• Mail: Kitsap Public Health District
ATTN: Food Ordinance
345 6th Street, Suite 300
Bremerton, WA 98337

• Open house (in-person): Visit us on August 4, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Chambers Room at the address above (Norm Dicks Government Center).

For more information, call 360-728-2235 and ask to speak with Dayna Katula, program manager for the Food & Living Environment Program.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What does this ordinance do?

The Kitsap Public Health Board, which governs the Health District’s work, adopted the local ordinance to prevent and respond to foodborne illnesses in our county. The Food Service Regulations ordinance provides a clear framework for us to enforce state rules at the local level. The ordinance gives us authority to inspect food establishments and issue citations in situations that endanger public health.

To whom does this ordinance apply?

All food establishments in Kitsap County, including restaurants, temporary food vendors, and commercial kitchens, as well as people seeking food permits.  A section in the ordinance adopts the rules in the Food Code, meaning that both the state and local regulations apply.

Why does the ordinance need to be updated?

The current Food Safety Regulations ordinance was adopted eight years ago and is outdated. The Food Code, which is adopted by the ordinance, was recently updated and went into effect on March 1, 2022. The proposed 2022 ordinance has incorporated language to align with more modern environmental health ordinances used by our office and to ensure no conflicting rules were present.

 


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