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48 million Americans a year get food poisoning. It's all preventable.

Health Promotion Coordinator Marianne Seifert
by Marianne Seifert09/13/2019 12:22 p.m.
Updated: 09/17/2019

Sharing food with friends and family is often an enjoyable part of your everyday life and special celebrations. Unless, of course, it makes you sick.

About 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick from foodborne diseases every year.  About 128,000 of those are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Children under 5, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

This is all preventable! 

Our food safety permits, inspections and information help keep people healthy. We provide food safety inspection and other information on our web pages so you can make informed choices.

You can help keep your family, friends and coworkers healthy:

  • Stay home when you’re sick!
  • Wash your hands.
  • When planning public events with food, call our Food Safety Program at (253) 798-4709.
  • Look up inspection records when deciding where to eat.
  • Report food safety concerns and illnesses by calling (253)798-4712, emailing or on our website.

You can help by sharing this with your coworkers, friends and family.

More about food safety inspection reports

You can find a 2-year history of inspections online for food establishments in Pierce County. On each, you will see the number of violations and a score.

Inspections focus on critical or “red” violations that can make people sick soon—like not washing hands or touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hands. Non-critical or “blue” violations can cause problems but aren’t as urgent—like dirty refrigerator doors and shelves. Each violation gets points.

Cold Food

If a food establishment gets 35 or more critical points, our inspector works with them on how to prevent future violations and returns for a follow-up. If food handling practices are dangerous, inspectors close the food establishment. When the business fixes the violations, the inspector returns for a follow-up to make sure it is safe to reopen for business.


Report a Foodborne Illness—Tell us if you think you may have gotten sick after dining out.

Report a Food Safety Concern—If you see unsafe conditions where food is sold or served.

Food Establishment Closures List—Establishments closed because they pose a significant danger to public health.

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  1. Updated: 09/17/2019
Health Promotion Coordinator Marianne Seifert

by Marianne Seifert

Marianne helps promote food safety and healthy community connections.


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