regulate and inspect food service facilities located in public and private
schools, child care centers, nursing homes, adult congregate living
facilities, hospitals, civic and fraternal establishments, bars and
lounges, and detention facilities (97 food hygiene facilities).
Inspection frequency 4 times per year. New establishments require
In Florida, three agencies share
responsibilities for ensuring that only safe, and wholesome food is provided to
the public. Those agencies are the The Department of Agriculture and Consumer
, the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR),
and the Department of Health.
The Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (DACS) conducts inspection and testing programs for the more
than 30,000 retail food stores, food processing plants, food storage and
distribution points, and other locations in Florida where food is sold to the
The Department of Business and
Professional Regulation regulates and inspects public food service facilities --
primarily restaurants. DBPR maintains the listing of restuarant
disciplinary activites on their web site.
The Department of Health is responsible
for regulating and inspecting food service establishments that include
institutions, child care facilities, schools, hospitals, civic or fraternal
organizations, bars and lounges, and theaters that serve traditional theater
foods (such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot dogs, etc.) The Department of Health
also regulates temporary food events, mobile food units, and vending machines
that operate at or through any of these facilities. County Health Departments
inspect and issue food certificates to these facilities. Unless exempted, these
food operation are required to comply with food
manager certification requirements.