Food Handler Test Hours
Monday - Friday:
8:30am to 11:00am & 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The testing process takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. (30 minute video & 35 multiple choice questions)
- Washington State Food Code
- Foodborne Illness & Restaurant Complaints
- Food Handler Card & Food Education
- New Food Establishment
- Temporary Food Licenses
Over the past few years, Washington State has worked to adopt the national FDA Food Code in part. Some things that Washington food workers remained the same, like food handler card requirements. Other things changed dramatically, like the requirement to wear gloves whenever a worker is handling ready to eat foods. This food code went into affect in May of 2005. Food Service Establishments continue to adapt to these new rules. Information below provides resources regarding the changes.
- Supplementary Brochure for Food Handler Testing - Provided to food handler test takers to highlight changes to food code since the development of the test.
- Summary of Major Changes (Word Document) – Bulleted list of major changes from the former food code.
- What is a Consumer Advisory and Why Do We Need One?
- What is a Person in Charge (PIC) and Why Do They Need to be able to Demonstrate Knowledge?
- What are the New Rules Regarding Fingernails and Jewerly?
- What are My Responsibilities Regarding Hair Restraints?
- What Protection is Required for Hard Crusted Breads?
- What is Time as a Control and Can We Use It?
REMBEMBER: If nobody notifies the Health District, then we may miss an important outbreak. We want to hear from you!
When our stomachs are upset, the first thing most people think of is the last meal that they ate. However, 8 out of 10 times that we feel sick with vomiting or diahrrea, it is because the germs on our hands went into our bodies when we ate and made us feel ill. Most often, it has nothing to do with the quality of the food that we ate.
Therefore, it is unlikely that the last meal that you ate caused your illness. Instead, we must look back 72 hours and sometimes longer to determine the culprit, if we are able to determine it at all. When we investigate a food borne illness, we take a food history and evaluate everything that a person ate in the last 72 hours. In addition, we take a detailed account of symptoms and what time they appeared.
To submit a complaint about a possible food borne illness, please call (509) 249-6541. Be prepared for a 15-20 minute interview about your detailed symptoms and food history. We cannot guarantee that all complaints will result in an investigation but we will do our best to collect information that may help in future investigations. REMEMBER: If no one calls, then we may miss an important outbreak. We want to hear from you!
Below are materials that explain foodborne illness and provide valuable information about incubation periods of different diseases and symptoms caused by different types of foodborne illness.
To submit a complaint about an experience at a Yakima County food facility, email Ryan Ibach and include the date of the visit, the complaint, and your contact information. The food inspection team cannot guarantee that all complaints will result in an investigation.