Food Safety Guidelines
Be sure to familiarize
yourself with the requirements of the Seattle-King County Health Department (KCHD)
CES will first need to determine if your event is "open" or "closed" and if a KCHD permit will be required. If your group is preparing food items and your event is open to the public, a temporary food service establishment permit must be obtained from the King County Health Department for a fee. To avoid a late fee penalty, application paperwork must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the event. Two certified Food Handlers that are students and part of the organization must be identified as part of the application process and one of these must be present at all times during the preparation, cooking, and distribution phases of the food production. Although closed events do not require a temporary food service establishment permit, a meeting with CES is still required to discuss the preparation, cooking, distribution phases and food safety guidelines for your event.
King County Health Department requires food to be prepared in a licensed kitchen. On campus there are three kitchens available and arrangements for use must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Use of Campion kitchen may be arranged through CES at (206) 296-5620. Campion kitchen is currently equipped with a walk-in refrigerator, rotary oven, and a two-compartment steamer.
The International Student and Scholar Center (ISSC) also has a small kitchen and food service equipment which is available upon request by calling (206) 296-6260.
The Cherry Street Market kitchen is only available in certain specific circumstances under special arrangement with Bon Appétit Management Company at (206) 296-6311. Rental fees may apply.
For the protection of the public's safety and health, proper food handling, temperature control, transportation of food, and sanitation procedures must be strictly followed.
Student groups are responsible for providing the following:
- Antibacterial Hand Soap
- Bleach Cleaning Solution Pail/Cloths
- Hot Water
- Meat Thermometer
- Paper Towels
A King County Health Inspector will conduct an on-site inspection at the beginning of your event to ensure that proper food handling procedures are understood and are being followed.