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Welcome This site provides the citizens and visitors of Benton and Franklin Counties with information regarding food safety inspections. Before entering the site, please read and understand the following:
Why are food establishments inspected?
The food safety rules and the local inspection program are designed to help ensure that food establishments are safe places to eat. The inspection reports are used as tools to measure compliance to the food safety rules, highlight areas to educate the operators, and guide corrective actions to help prevent foodborne illness.
How often are food establishments inspected?
The rules require that most food establishments be inspected at least once every six months to determine if they are in compliance. In addition, Benton-Franklin Health District conducts additional inspections based on a risk assessment of the food establishment. Risk factors include the menu, methods of meal preparation, number of meals served, the population served, and past history of critical violations. High risk establishments may be inspected four or more times per year.
Which inspection reports are online?
Only shortened versions of the routine and follow-up inspection reports are available online. Complete inspection reports are public records and are available for review at the Benton-Franklin Health District, 7102 W Okanogan Pl, Kennewick, Washington.
Which food establishments are inspected?
Retail food establishments that serve food to the public are inspected by the local health department. These establishments include restaurants, schools, mobile vendors, coffee houses, delis, convenience stores, grocery stores, temporary events, and other sites where food is sold. There are over 1,000 permitted food establishments in Benton and Franklin Counties.
Why are only inspection reports after May 2, 2005 included online?
On May 2, 2005, new state food safety rules and a new food inspection form were implemented. Because of the new rules and inspection form, it is difficult to compare current inspections with those from previous years.
What are the keys to food safety?
Each inspection focuses on five key food safety risk factors: personal hygiene, food temperatures, food source, food safety knowledge, and prevention of cross-contamination.
What is a perfect score on an inspection report?
There are 418 possible points on the inspection report form. The lower the score, the fewer food safety violations noted at the time of the inspection. A perfect score is zero.
When will the website be updated?
The website will be updated bi-weekly.
What else should I remember?
Inspection reports are snapshots of the food handling at the establishment at the time of inspection. Conditions may be different when you visit. The inspections follow safe food handling practices and sanitation rules of the Washington State Food Regulations WAC 246-215, and do not address such items as taste or popularity.
One last thing...
We hope that you will find this information helpful and easy to use. If you have any questions, please let us know.