The Health Department is authorized under Chapter 64E-11, Florida Administrative Code (168bk PDF) to inspect and permit limited and institutional types of food service establishments. The department inspects food preparation at adult living facilities, schools, movie theaters, civic and fraternal organizations, and bars and lounges. Staff certification is required by Chapter 381, Florida Statute and is regulated through Chapter 64E-18 Florida Administrative Code (42kb PDF). The Health Department investigates reported cases of food-related illnesses in conjunction with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) who inspect restaurants, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who inspect grocery and convenience stores. Complaints regarding restaurants can be registered with the DBPR/Division of Hotels and Restaurants at (850) 487-1395. Concerns with grocery and convenience stores can be referred to the Dept. of Agriculture at (800) 435-7352. Inspections are based on monitoring and checking critical elements such as proper handling, temperatures, cross contamination and cleanliness.
Helpful LinksDepartment of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Food Safety
Facility inspection results for the program can be found at: http://www.myfloridaeh.com/ephdata