Practice food safety.
Hundreds of Pierce County residents get sick from food every year. Following a few simple steps can help stop foodborne illness, keeping you and your family healthy:
- Clean—Wash hands and clean surfaces often with hot, soapy water.
- Separate—Use separate cutting boards and plates for produce, meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs; keep these foods separate in grocery bags and refrigerators.
- Cook—Use a meat thermometer to ensure food is heated to high enough temperatures to kill bacteria (e.g., beef burger at 160°F, chicken breast at 165°F, fish at 145°F).
- Chill—Refrigerate food promptly. Store foods at or below 40°F to keep bacteria from growing.
Interested in learning more?
Our food worker course is available online for anyone to take. It only costs money if you want a Food Worker Card after taking the test.
Most food poisoning goes unreported. Help us fight outbreaks by reporting a food illness or concern.
What's the difference?
- Submit a foodborne illness report when you get sick after eating.
- Submit a food safety concern if you observe unsafe conditions where food is sold or served.
Stay home if you feel sick.
If you are sick, don't prepare food for your family. The same goes for people who work with food—stay home if you feel ill.
Worried about missing work?
- Keep customers and coworkers happy and healthy—prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
- Washington State's paid sick leave.
- City of Tacoma's paid sick leave.
Don't hook up with foodborne illness.
A couple years ago, we introduced GermDate—a fun, fictitious way to learn more about the germs behind common foodborne illnesses. Here's a reminder of profiles you want to avoid: