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Director: Jennifer Johnson


Public Health Food Safety
Permitting, Inspections, Illness Prevention and Investigation

700 South Second Street, Room 301
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone (360) 416-1500

Skagit County Public Health Department's Food Safety Program is responsible for inspecting and permitting retail food service establishments (FSE). Our mission is to prevent illnesses caused by improper preparation of food through foodworker education, consumer education, disease investigation, and inspections of everything from restaurants to high school concession stands.

Information below is from and  7.16.18

  • The FDA and CDC along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal.
  • The CDC reports that 100 people in 33 states have become ill. There have been 30 hospitalizations and no deaths.
  • Following discussion with FDA, CDC, and state partners, the Kellogg Company voluntarily recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. The recalled products were distributed across the United States including Guam and Saipan and internationally. Consumers should not eat any Honey Smacks cereal.
  • The FDA is advising consumers to not eat and to discard any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This is regardless of size or “best if used by” dates. The recall notice accounts for all of the product that is on the market within the cereal’s estimated one year shelf-life. However, Honey Smacks products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated.  
Food Handler Cards and Training

The Washington State Food and Beverage Service Workers permit, also known as a Food Worker Card, is required in Washington State for people that serve unwrapped foods to the public. Upon completion of the food handler’s program, which includes an interactive informational program and a Washington State exam, a Food Workers Card will be issued. All food workers are required to have a valid Washington State Food Worker Card within 14 days of employment. There are four ways to receive your Food Worker Card in Skagit County: [More]

Annual Food Service Permits

Schedule of Charges

Wholesale vs. Retail
Wholesale foods (those processed or produced for resale by another vendor) require licensure outside of this Department. Please contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture, (360-902-1876) or
For sales across state lines, you may need to contact the US Food and Drug Administration or the USDA . (More)

Temporary Food Services Permits

Skagit County Public Health Department offers a temporary food service permits for sanctioned events.(More)

Food Borne Illness Information
Consumer Food Safety