Food Hygiene Services
The Florida Department of Health regulates the institutional food operations in schools, adult group care facilities, jails, fraternal organizations and some lounges. These establishments are inspected four times each year for equipment and sanitation practices. Specialists investigate reports of food-borne illness outbreaks. Safe Food Handler’s Training is offered periodically by the Environmental Health Division of the Charlotte County Health Department.
easiest way to ensure safe food is to properly store, cook, cool,
and serve food by ensuring that the temperatures listed in the Food
Code are met. See a food temperature chart and food safety links.
Temporary events must be permitted through the Environmental
Health Division of the Health Department. You can contact us at 941-743-1266.
Also, vending machines containing potentially hazardous food must
through Environmental Health. Inspections ensure that food workers are properly trained and are
operating following the appropriate Florida Rules and Statutes. A key to safe food is the proper washing of cooking and serving
utensils, and all dishes. The minimum standard is a properly used
three compartment sink or a commercial dish machine with a sanitizing cycle.
Facilities must be kept clean and all food contact surfaces must
be properly cleaned and sanitized.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (850-487-1395) handles the inspection of restaurants. Agriculture and Consumer Services (1-800-435-7352) regulates grocery and convenience stores. Department of
Health Environmental Specialists are responsible for investigation
and control of food-borne illness outbreaks associated with all food
establishments. Reports are investigated to locate and eliminate the
source food, or foods, and determine the cause of contamination to
prevent further illness incidents.
Learn more about reporting food illness and unsanitary conditions.
For Food Hygiene Restaurant Inspections please visit: https://www.myfloridalicense.com