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Washington State Board of Health adopted updates to chapter 246-215 WAC, Food Service, on October 13, 2020.
Updates to the Washington Food Code, WAC 246-215, were adopted by the State Board of Health on October 13, 2020 and became effective on January 15, 2021. The updated rule incorporates the 2017 U.S. FDA Food Code along with Washington modifications that address legislative changes and food safety issues raised by stakeholders. Please review the changes and share them with managers and staff of your food establishment.
The printable PDF versions of the updated WAC 246-215 are posted below. Due to the staggered implementation of the revised rule, a preface identifies the sections that are effective January 15, 2021 and guidance for the definitions that have been deleted.
WAC 246-215 (Effective January 15, 2021)
WAC 246-215 (Effective March 1, 2022; See Preface for explanation of effective dates)
Based on stakeholder input, the food service rule becomes effective with a timeline that is staggered.
Major provisions of the adopted rule include:
Educational handouts will be provided once finalized by Washington Department of Health.