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Health district launches portal for restaurant inspection reports

The portal is a little cranky, and there are no bells and whistles, but restaurant inspection reports are now available online for Washington State’s third-largest county. The independent Snohomish Health District has made about 5,000 reports available, going back to June 2016. The special purpose district does health inspections in Snohomish County located on Puget… Continue Reading

E. coli strain associated with Seattle restaurant goes traveling

The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Schacht Interview: Using Restaurant Inspection Data to Improve Public Health

Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County to improve… Continue Reading

Seattle’s King County Venturing into Uncharted Territory with New Restaurant Grading System

When Sarah Schacht walked through the doors of an Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle in February 2013 to grab a meal with a friend, the only accessible information she had about the place was its Yelp score: It had the highest-rated Ethiopian cuisine in the city. What Schacht didn’t know was that the restaurant, Ambassel, also… Continue Reading

Doubling of King County Vibrio Cases Potent Reminder to Adequately Cook Shellfish

King County, WA, residents are being warned not to consume raw or undercooked shellfish after more than twice the usual number have been sickened this summer by Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection. There were 14 confirmed or probable cases of Vibrio infection, known as Vibrosis, reported in July, compared to the average of four for that month… Continue Reading