Food Safety Gets a Fresh Look


The University of Houston Department of Public Safety recently hired Sondra Washington, Food Safety Specialist within the Fire Marshal Unit of the Department who has has taken on the task of maintaining food safety standards on campus.

Ms. Washington brings a wealth of food safety experience to her position. She has worked at all levels of food and sanitation safety in Texas from her time at the Food Testing Laboratories then on to Martin Preferred Foods and later with the USDA. “I’ve done it all,” commented Ms. Washington regarding her time working on the line with sanitation and behind the scenes testing restaurants and bakeries.

Ms. Washington was excited to come back to campus; she is a 2000 graduate of the University of Houston. She comments, “I feel at home...I have come back to my roots.”

Ms. Washington hit the ground running as the Food Safety Specialist. In her short time on campus as the new specialist, she has gotten all the establishments to work together and create a positive and healthy food experience for the campus community. With all the new eating establishments on campus, she said it was important to make sure everyone was on a schedule not only for her but also for the establishment. So far she said her biggest accomplishment was, “getting the establishments on a schedule of higher maintenance with continued check-ups.”

Not only are we happy to have her in the UHDPS family, the campus community is happy to have her too.