Food Safety Advisory Committee

Purpose

The Food Safety Advisory Committee exists to assist Walla Walla County Department of Community Health Food Safety Program in effectively managing education, communication and feedback from the regulated community. The committee will be a standing committee of the Community Health Advisory Board, created pursuant of section 15 of the CHAB bylaws. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Food Safety Advisory Committee, please complete the Food Safety Advisory Committee Application. Completed applications may be submitted to health@co.walla-walla.wa.us

Responsibilities

  • Review and comment on educational materials for the industry. 
  • Review proposed fee revisions. 
  • Review proposed regulation revisions. 
  • Discuss and bring forth issues raised in the regulated community. 
  • Provide feedback on department procedures and policies related to food service regulation, inspection, and education. 

Meetings

The committee shall meet a minimum of two times annually. The committee shall submit meeting minutes to the Community Health Advisory Board (CHAB) within 30 days of each meeting. All meetings will be open to the public. 

Composition/Structure

The committee will choose its own Chair and Vice Chair and must notify CHAB. The Chair is responsible for, with the support of the Environmental Health staff assigned to the committee, arranging and conducting meetings and for seeing that committee output is delivered to CHAB. CHAB will provide updates or forward proposals to the BOCC as needed. 

Membership

The committee shall consist of 9 members, with one representative representing each of the following:

  • Grocery and Convenience Stores
  • Winery/Tasting Rooms
  • Breweries/Tap Houses/Taverns
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Coffee/Espresso Shops
  • Drive Through/Quick Service Restaurants
  • Mobile Food Services
  • School/Institutional Food Services
  • Temporary Food Services
In addition, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health will support the group with two staff liaisons to manage agendas, record minutes, and maintain communication with the agency.

Membership Selection 

Members will be selected by application to CHAB. Membership terms shall be two years and may be extended by mutual consent for an additional two years. Applications shall consist of at minimum, a written request to be a member including type of involvement in the food industry and an explanation of interest. Members will be considered volunteers of the County, and must complete all County requirements including, but not limited to, volunteer applications, record-keeping, background checks and Labor and Indistries' volunteer timekeeping requirements. 

Amendments

CHAB will review amendments to the Charter and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for amendments or modifications. Amendments shall only be effective after approval by the Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health. 

No committee member may participate in or influence discussions or resulting decisions concerning the award of a grant or other financial benefit to themselves, family members or the organization that the member is employed by or represents. 


The committee will keep regular action minutes of its meetings which will be made available upon request. Minutes will be taken by WWCDCH staff supporting the committee. The committee Chair from the workgroup will provide updates about committee meetings and other activities at CHAB meetings as requested. 

Upcoming meetings and minutes will be available below.
Minutes and Agendas