Eat Food, Stay Healthy
Why is safe and healthy food important?
When you go out to eat, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting sick.
Along with our partners in the food industry, we work to ensure that food vendors are permitted and that food is properly and safely handled, prepared and served—so your dining experience can be safe and enjoyable.
What makes food unsafe to eat?
Bacteria, viruses and other hazards can enter our food supply at any point from farm to table. Unsafe food leads to more than 200 types of diseases. Yet when we grow, buy, prepare or eat food, we can’t usually see or smell hazards.
- In 2014, we received 390 notifications of foodborne illness in Pierce County.
- Every year about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
The main causes of foodborne illnesses include:
- Food from unsafe or unpermitted sources.
- Undercooking raw meat, eggs, fish and shellfish.
- Not keeping cold food cold or hot food hot.
- Dirty equipment.
- Not washing hands with soap and hot water.
- Working when sick.
Unsafe food is especially dangerous for infants, young children, elderly and the sick.
What can you do?
When dining out:
When preparing food at home:
Report food-related illnesses to your doctor and to us at (253) 798-4712 or email@example.com.