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Washington State Local Department of Health and Agriculture Contact Information

Washington State State Department of Health Contact Information

Most questions regarding food production, handling, sales and serving, including cottage food laws and regulations are handled by the state's local health department or department of agriculture, and sometimes by a city or county business registration office.

Washington State Health Department

Washington State Department of Health is no longer offering in-person customer service until further notice. You can still access some services like vital records or health care licensing services online, by phone, or via email. For more information about other services still available, call our office at 360-236-4501 or 800-525-0127 during regular business hours. Please note: Normal turnaround times may be delayed as Department staff are helping to support the COVID-19 response.
Department of Health Programs and Services

Contacts Directory
General questions about public health or if you have questions about where to send mail:

Consumer assistance line:
360-236-4501 or
800-525-0127
Email

Washington State local department of health contacts

The following counties have websites, and some have Facebook pages, that provide information regarding their department and its services.

Washington State requires that all food workers have food safety training before handling food served to the public. Food workers who take a food safety training class and pass the State of Washington exam on food safety basics are issued a Food Worker Card (also called a Food Handler Permit).
Am I a food worker? You are a food worker if you work with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or with any surface where people put unwrapped food.
Do I need to get a food worker card? Yes. All food workers are required (Chapter 246-217 WAC) to have a valid food worker card to work in Washington. It's important that your card, or a copy of it, is with you at work and available for the health department to check during a food inspection.
Can I start work before I get my card? Yes, you can work for up to 14 days before you get your card – if you get food safety training from your employer.

Where can I get a food worker card? Local health departments offer the food worker training, test, and card. Your card is valid throughout the state.

Washington State Local Health Departments and Districts

Adams County Integrated Health Care Services Asotin County Public Health Benton-Franklin Health District Chelan-Douglas Health District Clallam County Health and Human Services Clark County Public Health Columbia County Public Health Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Chelan-Douglas Health District Northeast Tri County Health District Benton-Franklin Health District Garfield County Health District Grant County Health District Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services Island County Public Health Jefferson County Public Health Seattle and King County Public Health Kitsap Public Health District Kittitas County Public Health Klickitat County Public Health Lewis  County Public Health and Social Services Lincoln County Health Department Mason County Public Health Okanogan County Public Health Pacific County Health and Human Services Northeast Tri County Health District Tacoma - Pierce County Health Department San Juan County Health and Community Services Skagit County Public Health Skamania County Community Health Snohomish Health District Spokane Regional Health District Northeast Tri County Health District Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Wahkiakum County Public Health and Human Services Walla Walla County Community Health Whatcom County Health Department Whitman County Public Health Yakima Health District Washington State Local Health Jurisdictions

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website

FDA Labeling and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts Label, Label Claims, Menu and Vending Machine Labeling, Gluten-Free Labeling

FDA Ingredients and Packaging

Food & Color Additives, GRAS, Food Allergens, Food Contact Substances, New Plant Varieties

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a tool, the AskUSDA site providing information from across USDA all in one place. Just type key words or phrases into the search box. Your search will provide the top 10 results from across USDA. For the best search results, keep in mind that including "and" in the search box will exclude articles that don't include all searched words. Including "or" in the search box will include articles with any of the searched words.

If you have specific USDA questions that you cannot find answers to on the site, call (202) 720-2791 or email USDA at [email protected].

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

If you are looking for the national US Department of Health, that's the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and here is the mailing address and phone number:

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free Call Center: 1-877-696-6775
Note: Please be aware that mail sent to their Washington D.C. area offices takes an additional 3-4 days to process due to security precautions.


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